NEWBERRY - Newberry head football coach Todd Knight has announced the promotion of Cedric Williams to the position of assistant head coach.
"Coach Williams has great leadership skills and all of the guys on our team love working with him," Knight said. "He is a great coach and a fantastic recruiter as well. Promoting him to this position will help bring stability to our coaching staff as we prepare for the 2013 season."
"I enjoy working at Newberry College and coaching these student-athletes not only in football, but also preparing them on how to be respectful men in life," Williams said. "It's important for me to assist them in their future endeavors because it will enhance their success both on and off the field."
Williams, who is entering his third season at Newberry, will also continue to coach the offensive line. Under Williams' direction, the offensive line has helped the Wolves average over 375 yards of offense per game and allowed only 18 sacks in 21 games, or one sack for every 38 dropbacks. Newberry allowed only five sacks in 10 games in 2011.
In 2012, Lequawn James was named an all-South Atlantic Conference selection, while Chase Gamble was first team all-SAC and named to three all-region teams in 2011. James was also named a first team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District selections for his performance on the field and in the classroom both seasons.
In the summer of 2012, Williams served spent the NFL training camp and preseason working with the Carolina Panthers as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.
Willams came to Newberry after one season as the offensive line coach at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss. The Delta Devils allowed 58 sacks in the year prior to Williams' arrival and allowed only 24 sacks in the 2010 season, one of the biggest turnarounds in Division I-FCS history. In 2009, Williams was the offensive line coach at Tennessee State University.
An alumnus of the University of South Carolina, Williams also coached the Gamecocks from 2006-08 and helped guide them to the 2006 Liberty Bowl and 2008 Outback Bowl. Before working in the football capacity at South Carolina, he served as an activity therapist for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. His duties included mentoring and designing athletic programs.
Williams was a first-team all-SEC performer for the Gamecocks in 2000. He was a starter on the offensive line from 1999-2002 and helped his team to two Outback Bowl wins (2000 and 2001). He was named a Preseason All-American and all-SEC in 2001.
Williams, a native of Charleston, S.C., graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Sports and Entertainment Management in 2003. He is married to the former Richelle Grant. The couple lives in Charlotte, N.C.