Williams Brings Enthusiasm to Wide Receivers
Sept. 3, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - When new Fresno State wide receivers coach Keith Williams first began his expedition into the world of football coaching at the high school level in Stockton, Calif. more than ten years ago, he knew he aspired to eventually become a Division I college coach.
Now this season on the practice field and at Bulldog Stadium, Williams' enthusiastic approach and distinctive voice is leading the Bulldog wide receivers. He's active, reaching all corners of the practice field, giving his players the tools to improve their game. And his voice is heard by all.
"So far he has enriched our game with different techniques, different releases and a different perspective for wide out play," said senior wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu "He is all about wide receivers and wide receiver play and he wants us to do well and bring out the best in us."
Williams got his start in his coaching career after playing the game himself in high school. Through networking, meeting and recruiting, he made his way to the college level, a goal he worked hard to reach. Seeing the success of his players and sharing a part in that has been the most rewarding aspect of his career thus far.
"You like to feel like you have something to do with a player's success after coaching them," said Williams.
A former Bay Area junior college coach and wide receiver coach at WAC adversary San Jose State, Williams got a glimpse into the ins and outs of the Fresno State football program many years before his decision to join the Bulldog family.
"Playing Fresno State every year I got to see how Coach Hill's program worked and I admired him," said Williams. "I noticed he ran a very organized program where the players played hard-nosed by all positions and I was very impressed with that. When the opportunity became available to coach here I was very excited."
In six months with the `Dogs, he has pushed his team to work hard and play fast, inspiring each and every player to do their part while coaching with a focus on the game.
"I want the receivers to be aggressive and to try and turn small plays into big plays," said Williams. "Ultimately my goals for the receivers are to make every single play possible. Overall I'd like to see the team make a conference championship and earn wins."
He inherited a group of receivers who have played together for several years, including three seniors who took turns at leading the team in receiving each of the last three seasons. With Chastin West, Marlon Moore and Ajirotutu, the Dogs have three talented and experienced seniors to lead the team. They have combined for 16 career touchdown receptions.
"He gave us the tools to get better and now it's easy, we come out here and work hard," said Moore. "Coach has made us 10 times better in six months and he is awesome period, point blank. The whole wide out corps is fortunate to have him right now."
And just one week out of the highly anticipated football home opener on September 5th, Williams has already been recognized as a great teacher on the field.
"Coach Williams has turned out to be a great hire," said head coach Pat Hill. "He relates to a group of seniors who I thought were good at the details but needed to get a deeper grasp of the fundamentals. He has the ability to get players to play at a high level and he has lived up to that. He is the best receiver coach we've had teaching wise."
Outside of the responsibilities of college coaching, Williams most enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, his 6-year-old daughter and his 12-year-old son, who is just beginning to play football at Kastner Intermediate School. He also lives by a strong Christian faith, which he says influences and betters his coaching on the field.
"Coaching is a lot like faith," said Williams. "You need to have honesty, integrity and that is an extension of faith. It has been a blessing to be here, it has been awesome and it has been a great time so far."