Also, reintroducing a Rebellious graduate assistant.
Rebels will have new coordinators on both sides of the ball in 2012.
Signing Day News Conference Quotes (Feb. 1, 2012)
J.D. Williams was named UNLV's defensive coordinator in 2012 and continues to oversee the team's secondary. Familiar with the Mountain West, Williams came from the University of Utah in 2010 to serve as UNLV's assistant head coach, pass defense coordinator and defensive backs coach. Williams coached the Ute cornerbacks in 2009 as the team ranked 17th in the nation in pass defense and went on to a Poinsettia Bowl victory.
He joined Utah after seven years working in Pac-10 secondaries (2006-08 at Washington and 2002-2005 at California). Prior to that, Williams served two seasons as secondary coach at his alma mater, Fresno State, from 2000-01. He also coached the secondary at San Jose State in 1999 and Cal Poly in 1998. He began his coaching career in 1997 as a Fresno State graduate assistant.
A second team All-American at corner for the Bulldogs, Williams was a first round NFL Draft pick in 1990, going to the Buffalo Bills with the 16th selection. He went on to play in four Super Bowls with the Bills and also played for the Cardinals and 49ers before his pro career ended after the 1996 season.
Williams earned his bachelor's degree in criminology from Fresno State in 1997. He and his wife, Jamie, have four children: Nicole, Kyra, Zoe and David.
WILLIAMS' COACHING EXPERIENCE 2012-SA UNLV - defensive coord./defensive backs 2010-11 UNLV - asst. HC/pass def. coord./def. backs 2009 Utah - cornerbacks 2006-08 Washington - defensive backs 2002-05 California - defensive backs 2000-01 Fresno State - secondary 1999 San Jose State - defensive backs 1998 Cal Poly - defensive backs 1997 Fresno State - graduate assistant