A longtime NFL standout cornerback, J.D. Williams is in his second on the Washington football coaching staff in 2007 in charge of developing the program's defensive backfield.
Williams, 39, comes to the UW after having spent the last four seasons as the secondary coach at California. He has also served as an assistant football coach at Fresno State, San Jose State and Cal Poly.
During his tenure at California, Williams helped the Golden Bears to a 33-17 overall record and three bowl-game appearances. Last year, Cal led the Pac-10 in pass efficiency defense (24th in the nation) and scoring defense and was second in the conference in total defense. Under his tutelage, cornerback Daymeion Hughes earned first-team All-Pac-10 after finishing first in the conference in passes defended and second in interceptions. Safety Donnie McCleskey (second team) and corner Tim Mixon (honorable mention) also garnered All-Pac-10 honors.
In 2004, Cal ranked second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense and third in total defense.
Prior to going to Berkeley, Williams served two seasons as secondary coach at his alma mater, Fresno State (2000-2001). In those two seasons, Fresno State posted an 18-7 record and made two bowl appearances. Williams also began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Fresno State in 1997. In 1998, he coached at Cal Poly and in 1999, at San Jose State, mentoring the secondary in both cases.
Williams was a NFL first-round draft choice out of Fresno State in 1990, going to the Buffalo Bills with the 16th pick. He played in four Super Bowls with the Bills and also played for the Arizona Cardinals, the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers.
At Fresno State, he was a two-time All-Big West first-team selection and was a second-team All-America cornerback as a senior. During his time at FSU, the Bulldogs appeared in two bowl games, beating Western Michigan in the 1988 California Bowl and Ball State in the 1989 California Raisin Bowl. The defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine Game following his senior year, he was also a standout triple jumper and sprinter on the track team. He placed 15th at the NCAA championships in the triple jump and was a member of the conference championship 400-meter relay team that set a school record of 40.18.
Williams earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from Fresno State in 1990. In 2002, he was inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame.
Williams is an older brother of Curtis Williams, the former Husky safety who passed away in 2002 due to complications from injuries suffered in a 2000 game at Stanford.
Born in Osceola, Ark., Williams grew up in Coalinga, Calif. He and his wife Jamie, have three daughters, Nicole, Kyra and Zoe.