Livingstone College has new football coach

SALISBURY, N.C. – In a move designed to propel Livingstone College football in a winning direction, officials on Monday announced the appointment of former offensive coordinator Daryl Williams as Blue Bears interim head football coach for the 2013 season.

Williams, a member of the American Football Coaches Association and a member of Livingstone’s coaching staff for almost a year, replaces Elvin James who had been the head coach since January 2010.

The Blue Bears were 3-28 under James, hardly good enough for Livingstone Athletic Director Andre Springs who promised more competitive teams when he assumed the college’s top athletic post in June.

“I felt it was imperative we make a coaching change to turn around our football program,” Springs said. “We appreciate the work Coach James did during his tenure; however, we need to be much more competitive on the gridiron than we have been in recent years. Coach Williams has a solid background in coaching, including stints at Texas Southern University and Alabama State University. We feel he’s the right man to get Livingstone’s football program on the right track at this time.”

Williams, who has a master’s degree in counseling from Alabama State University and a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Tennessee State University, served as associate head coach and quarterback coach at Texas Southern University in Houston from 2007-2011. During the 2010 season, Texas Southern won the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship.

From 2005 to 2007, Williams was the director of football operations for Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala. Prior to that, Williams was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for Alabama State University from 2001-2005. Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Williams spent six years coaching football at high schools in Memphis, Tenn.

The Blue Bears experienced minimal success this season, going 2-8 overall, 2-5 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA) and winning their first back-to-back games in several years. The team was led by freshman quarterback sensation Drew Powell, who completed 197 of 349 attempts, passed for 2,322 yards and threw 18 touchdowns en route to winning CIAA Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.