Terrell Williams
Terrell  Williams

Defensive Line

Terrell Williams is in his fourth season at Purdue. He was hired Feb. 27, 2006. Williams returns to coaching the entire defensive line in 2009, the same position he had in 2006 and 2007, after working exclusively with the ends in 2008. He also is the program's liaison with professional football teams.

Williams was one of 26 coaches invited to participate in the 2008 NCAA Football Coaches Academy, designed to reinforce key aspects of securing, managing and excelling in a head football coaching position within intercollegiate athletics.

Williams also took part in the NFL minority coaching internship program with the Dallas Cowboys during the summer of 2008.

In his first season at Purdue, Williams mentored end Anthony Spencer, who led the nation with 26.5 tackles for loss and was named a first team All-American en route to being a first-round NFL draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys (No. 26 overall). Spencer became the Boilermakers' first opening-round pick since defensive back Rod Woodson in 1987.

End Cliff Avril was picked in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, followed by tackle-turned-end Alex Magee by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round in 2009.

Williams came to the Boilermakers from Akron, where he coached the defensive line in 2004 and 2005. The Zips, who opened the 2005 season with a 49-24 loss at Purdue, went on to win the Mid-American Conference championship game over Northern Illinois 31-30 and played in the Motor City Bowl. The league championship and bowl appearance were both firsts in school history. Nose guard Kiki Gonzalez was named all-conference in 2005.

Prior to his tenure at Akron, Williams was defensive line coach at Youngstown State in 2002 and 2003. During the 2002 season, he worked with Guy Mazzard, who earned All-Gateway Conference honors.

From 1999 to 2001, Williams coached the defensive line at North Carolina A&T. The Aggies ranked third in total defense among NCAA Division I-AA schools in 1999 at 259.4 yards per game and fifth in 2000 at 261.2 yards per game. They were 10th in rushing defense in 2001 at 96.7 yards per game. North Carolina A&T was the Black Colleges national champion in 1999 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division I-AA playoffs while finishing No. 10 in the final poll.

Williams was defensive line coach at Fort Scott Community College during the 1998 season.

In 2007, Williams worked with the Seattle Seahawks' defensive line during training camp. During the summer of 1999, he interned with the Jacksonville Jaguars, assisting with the defensive line.

A native of Los Angeles, Williams (born June 19, 1974) earned a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in history from East Carolina in 1998. He was a standout nose guard for the Pirates and a member of their 1995 team that defeated Stanford 19-13 in the Liberty Bowl. He transferred to East Carolina from West Los Angeles College, where he was an all-conference defensive lineman. Williams and his wife, Tifini, have a son, Tyson.


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