Addison Williams is in his second season as the Paladins’ cornerbacks coach.
Williams came to Furman following four seasons at NCAA Division II Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn., where he served as defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator.
In 2016 Williams coached Tusculum defensive back Jay Boyd, who collected South Atlantic Conference Defensive Freshman of the Year and Don Hansen Division II All-America honors after leading the SAC with five interceptions. He also mentored All-America cornerback Cameron Thomas, who posted league highs in interceptions (5) and passes defensed (15) in 2015 en route to garnering All-America recognition.
Williams served four of his five seasons at Tusculum under former Pioneer head coach and Paladin quarterback standout Frankie DeBusk.
Prior to going to Tusculum, Williams served as a defensive graduate assistant coach for two seasons (2011-12) at his alma mater, South Carolina, working with the defensive backs and assisting with in-game adjustments, as well as practice schedules and film study, and coordinating the scout team. During that span the Gamecocks combined to go 22-4 and register wins in both the Capitol One and Outback Bowls.
In 2011 South Carolina went 11-2 and finished the season ranked No. 8 in the country. The Gamecocks repeated with an 11-2 slate in 2012 and No. 7 national ranking, finishing the year with 47 sacks, good for fifth in the country, and ranked 13th in scoring defense, 17th in rushing defense, and 11th in total defense.
Two defensive backs who earned All-SEC accolades during his coaching stint with the Gamecocks included Antonio Allen and D.J. Swearinger.
Williams played three seasons for South Carolina and lettered twice (2007-08), appearing in 26 games before a back injury ended his career. He was named Academic All-SEC on three occasions, and in 2009 landed South Carolina’s Harold White GPA Award. He served as a student assistant coach for the 2010 season on a Gamecock squad that won the SEC Eastern Division title.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., and product of Westlake High School, he earned his bachelor of science degree in sports and entertainment management from South Carolina in 2010.