Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football program has brought back one of its own with the appointment of Kyle Williams as defensive backs coach, effective immediately.
A former Bulldog football player, Williams previously served as a student assistant coach at Ferris State each of the last two campaigns and will fill the shoes left by the departure of former position coach Gary McGraw, who accepted a job as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Midwestern State (Texas) in early July.
"We're happy to have Kyle remain with us and feel he'll do an excellent job in leading our defensive backs this fall," said FSU head coach Jeff Pierce. "He's been with us for quite some time and has a good understanding of what we want to do in the secondary. He'll be a great addition to our staff."
A California native, Williams spent three seasons as a player with the Bulldogs (2006-08) prior to serving as a student assistant the last two years, where he worked primarily with the defensive backs under McGraw.
As a senior in 2008, Williams played in all 11 contests and made four starts at cornerback for FSU. He concluded his Bulldog career with 45 total tackles in 24 games and had five pass deflections. He tallied a personal career-high 15 solo stops as a senior while also serving as both a punt and kickoff returner at various stages of his career.
Williams broke up four passes and made 14 solo tackles in his first season with the Bulldogs while making nine starts in 2006 after transferring from Laney (Calif.) Junior College. He then started the initial two games of the 2007 season before missing the rest of the year due to injury.
The Oakland, Calif., product was an all-conference corner in the junior college ranks at Laney from 2005-06 under coach Stan Peters. As a prepster, he attained All-Oakland Athletic League honors twice at Skyline High in the Oakland area. He led the Titans to an 11-0-1 overall record and a league championship during his final prep campaign for coach John Boam.
Besides football, Williams also competed four years in track (2002-03) and was a three-time all-conference performer during his prep career.
Ferris State held its first official practice of the 2011 season on Friday (Aug. 12) morning in preparation for its 103rd season of varsity competition, which kicks off this fall against Hillsdale in a non-conference matchup on Friday, Sept. 2. Kickoff for the "Community Day" tilt is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET) at FSU's Top Taggart Field.