Terrell Williams is entering his third season of coaching the Texas A&M defensive line. He joined the Aggie football coaching staff on February 2, 2010.
In his two seasons at Texas A&M, the Aggies have advanced to a pair of bowl games, including last season's win over Northwestern of the Big Ten Conference in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. In 2010, Williams helped lead the Aggies to a share of their first Big 12 South division crown in more than a decade and a berth in the Cotton Bowl.
The Aggies have made great strides in stopping the run since Williams' arrival. Last season, A&M allowed just 101. 9 rushing yards per game, which ranked No. 12 nationally. The year before Williams' arrival, the Aggies ranked No. 90 nationally (171.6 yards per game). In his first season, A&M improved to No. 30 nationally in rushing defense, allowing 130.2 yards per contest.
A native of Los Angeles, Williams is known for being an outstanding recruiter and teacher of the game. Williams has coached multiple Aggies to All-Big 12 honors. Williams' starting trio of Lucas Patterson, Eddie Brown and Tony Jerod-Eddie earned all-conference mention in 2010, and Brown, Jerod-Eddie and Spencer Nealy received Big 12 accolades in 2011.
Williams came to A&M after four years as the defensive line coach at Purdue. During his time with the Boilermakers, Williams coached the entire line each year with the exception of 2008 when he focused solely on the defensive end position.
He served as Purdue's liaison to the NFL. In 2007, Williams worked with the Seattle Seahawks' defensive line during training camp. During the summer of 1999, Williams interned with the Jacksonville Jaguars, assisting with the defensive line.
Williams was one of 26 coaches invited to participate in the 2008 NCAA Football Coaches Academy, designed to reinforce key aspects of securing, managing and excelling in a head football coaching position within intercollegiate athletics.
During his time at Purdue, Williams tutored the likes of Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman Anthony Spencer. Spencer led the NCAA in tackles for loss and was a first-team All-American before becoming a first-round pick of the Cowboys in 2007. Defensive end Cliff Avril was a third-round selection of the Detroit Lions in 2008 with Alex Magee being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft.
Prior to his tenure at Purdue, Williams coached the defensive line at Akron in 2004 and 2005. The Zips won the Mid-American Conference championship game in 2005 and played in the Motor City Bowl. Both the league championship and post-season bowl appearance were firsts in the school's history. Williams' nose guard, Kiki Gonzalez, earned MAC All-Conference honors in 2005.
Williams spent two years (2002-03) as the defensive line coach at Youngstown State and helped Guy Mazzard earn All-Gateway Conference honors.
From 1999-2001, Williams served on the Aggie coaching staff at North Carolina A&T working with the defensive line. The Aggies ranked third in total defense among NCAA Division I-AA schools in 1999 allowing 259.4 yards per game and fifth in 2000 with 261.2 yards per game. North Carolina A&T finished 10th in the country in rushing defense in 2001 allowing only 96.7 yards per game. The Aggies were the Black Colleges national champion in 1999 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division I-AA playoffs while finishing 10th in the final poll.
Williams got his start in coaching working with the defensive line at Fort Scott Community College during the 1998 season.
Williams was born June 19, 1974, in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in history from East Carolina in 1998. He was an all-star nose guard for the Pirates and a member of the 1995 team that defeated Stanford in the Liberty Bowl, and finished the year ranked No. 23 in the final USA Today/ESPN poll. The 1996 Pirate club defeated the University of Miami in the Orange Bowl on its way to an 8-3 record under head coach Steve Logan. Williams transferred to East Carolina from West Los Angeles College where he was an all-conference defensive lineman. Williams and his wife, the former Tifini Preliou, have a son, Tyson.
THE WILLIAMS FILE
Full Name: Terrell Williams
Birthdate: June 19, 1974
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Marital Status: Married to the former Tifini Preliou
High School, Los Angeles, CA (1992)
West Los Angeles Junior College (1994)
East Carolina (1997)
2010-: Texas A&M University (defensive line)
2006-09: Purdue (defensive line)
200-05: Akron (defensive line)
2002-03: Youngstown State (defensive line)
1999-2001: North Carolina A&T (defensive line)
1998: Fort Scott Community College (defensive line)
BOWL GAMES AS COACH
2011: Meineke Texas (Texas A&M)
2010: Cotton (Texas A&M)
2007: Motor City (Purdue)
2006: Champs Sports (Purdue)
2005: Motor City (Purdue)
BOWL GAMES AS PLAYER
1995: Liberty (East Carolina)