Former NFL defensive back Willie Williams has been named the new head coach at Churchill High School.
Williams, a 13-year NFL veteran who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, replaces Albert Song, who stepped down in early January after two seasons at the helm of the program.
The 46-year-old South Carolina native has been a Churchill assistant since 2009 and takes over a program that finished 2-8 in each of the past two seasons.
“It’s a different feeling,” said Williams, a former Churchill defensive coordinator. “I really do believe I was born for this.”
Williams joined Joe Allen’s staff at Churchill in 2009 and helped guide the Potomac school to a 36-27 record in six seasons including back-to-back playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012.
However, the program struggled during the past two seasons, but Williams seeks to turn it around in the coming years.
“We have some talented guys, but they’re young,” said Williams. “I think we are capable of winning more than five games this year.”
The Bulldogs will welcome the return of talented rising junior quarterback Michael Janis, who was described as a “leader’ by Williams.
“He did a lot of great things for us,” said Williams.
Isaac Lewis, a rising senior running back and strong safety, is also expected to make a significant impact on the 2017 Bulldogs’ roster.
“He’s pretty athletic,” said Williams. “He’s just a football player. He’s a complete football player.”
The Bulldogs began their offseason conditioning program in January that includes weightlifting and running.
“Guys are really buying into the system,” said Williams, who noted the team is concentrating on the season opener in September.
“We’re just focused on Richard Montgomery,” said Williams. “That’s the first game that we play.”