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About Gregg

Gregg Williams, who enters his 23rd season as an NFL coach in 2012, joins the St Louis Rams as the Defensive Coordinator after three seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Williams’ 23 seasons in the NFL include three as a head coach and enters his 13th as Defensive Coordinator.

Williams owns the distinction of presiding over five separate top five total defenses during his coaching career: Tennessee Titans (No. 1 in total defense in 2000); Buffalo Bills (No. 3 in 2001 and No. 2 in 2003); Washington Redskins (No. 3 in 2005); and New Orleans Saints (No. 4 in 2010). As a Defensive Coordinator or Head Coach (15 seasons), Williams has racked up seven top-ten overall defenses.

As New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, Williams finished his third season as the architect of the 2011 Saints defense that infused the Black-and-Gold’s defensive charges and molded them into an attacking, multiple schemed defense that has risen drastically in a short period of time to be one of the most formidable units in the National Football League. Williams has helped the Saints capture a division title (2009), an NFC Conference Championship (2009), and Super Bowl XLIV, an 11-5 record and NFC Wild Card berth in 2010, and a 13-3 record in 2011, resulting in a string of years of reaching the playoffs. Mr. Williams is also a highly sought after motivational speaker. His topics include team building, leadership and “winning”, both on the field or in business.

When Coach Sean Payton began the search for a defensive coordinator following the 2008 season, he focused on finding a coach with experience, intensity, character and a track record of success built on teaching skills. Payton found those traits in Williams, who has been the leader of some of the NFL’s finest defenses over the course of the past decade. Williams, a 22-year coaching veteran in the NFL – including three seasons as a head coach and eleven as a defensive coordinator – has a well-earned reputation around the league for producing sound, aggressive units.

He arrived in New Orleans following a one-year stint in Jacksonville as defensive coordinator/assistant head coach, defense, where in 2008 the Jaguars held 10 opponents to 20 points or less. Williams spent the previous four seasons (2004-07) as assistant head coach/defense of the Washington Redskins. Washington had one of the NFL’s top defenses over that span, allowing just 19.4 points per game and ranking sixth overall in defense during the four-season stretch. In 2007, the Redskins ranked eighth in the NFL in total defense, including allowing only 91.3 yards per game rushing.

Prior to joining the Redskins, Williams spent three seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, where the defense improved each season. In 2003, the Bills ranked second in the league, jumping from 15th in 2002 and 21st in 2001. Overall in 2003, Buffalo’s defensive and special teams units finished among the NFL’s top five in nine categories.

His reputation as a defensive coach was forged in his years with Tennessee, where he served for 11 seasons (1990-2000), including as coordinator over his last four years with the club. Initially hired as a defensive quality control coach when the team was still located in Houston, he was promoted to special teams coach in 1993, and took over as linebackers coach from 1994-96 before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 1997. In 1999, the Titans would march to Super Bowl XXXIV, force 39 turnovers and place DE Jevon Kearse and DT John Thornton on All-Rookie teams.

Prior to arriving in the NFL, Williams was a graduate assistant at the University of Houston from 1988-89 under former NFL head coach Jack Pardee. From 1984-87, Williams was the head coach at Belton, MO High School after opening his coaching career at Excelsior Springs, MO High School.

Williams graduated from Northeast Missouri State, where he played quarterback and also played baseball. He later earned a master’s degree from Central Missouri. He and his wife, Leigh Ann, have a daughter, Amy, and two sons, Blake, a coaching assistant on the Saints staff, and Chase, a red shirt freshman on the Virginia Tech football squad. Gregg and Blake were the first father and son combination who served on the same coaching staff to win a Super Bowl. 

Coach Gregg Williams and his son, Coach Blake Williams, led the New Orleans Saints, to their first Super Bowl victory in 2010.
The Gregg Williams Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in December 2004 to provide support and funding to local school programs, to support programs for kids in the Excelsior Springs, MO area and provide funding to improve the Excelsior Springs community. The foundation is named for Gregg Williams, a 1976 Excelsior Springs High School graduate who was a record-breaking Tiger athlete in basketball, baseball, and football, was a former ES School District coach and teacher, a 2006 Excelsior Springs Hall of Fame inductee, and is presently Defensive Coordinator of the St Louis Rams.

The primary source of income for the Foundation is derived from various fund-raising activities that include a local golf tournament (Gregg Williams Tiger Classic), VIP Reception, various auctions of donated items, raffles, cash donations and key sponsorship of the Excelsior Springs High School annual Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony. As of December 31, 2011 the Foundation has raised over $946,000 for the kids of Excelsior Springs, MO.

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