Former NFL player J.D. Williams returned to UNLV after recently serving as the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Georgia State.
He was an assistant with the Rebels from 2010-12 and served as the defensive coordinator in his final season. Williams has also been an assistant coach at Utah (2008), Washington (2006-08), California (2002-05), Fresno State (2000-01), Cal Poly (1999) and San Jose State (1998).
Williams was a standout cornerback for Fresno State and earned second team All-America honors. He was the 16th overall draft choice by the Buffalo in the 1990 NFL draft and went on to play in four Super Bowls with the Bills. He also played for the Cardinals and the 49ers before his career ended after the 1996 season.
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.
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 2015-SA UNLV - cornerbacks 2013-14 Georgia State - defensive backs/special teams 2012-13 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