Seahawks Legend Mike Williams: High School Football Coach
Although former Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams played a short time in Seattle, and in the NFL for that matter, he’s making the experience pay off.
And for a younger generation, no less.
Williams is the new head football coach at Van Nuys High School in Southern California, near where he starred in college at USC. Prior to this he was the head football coach at Locke High School in Los Angeles in 2015.
Assisting Williams at Van Nuys is Norm Chow, a long-time college and NFL assistant coach who was also the offensive coordinator at USC during Williams’ playing career with the Trojans, and later with the Tennessee Titans.
Taken as the tenth pick by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, Williams soon bounced around from team (Oakland Raiders-2007) to team (Tennessee Titans-also 2007).
After spending two years out of football, Williams signed with the Seahawks in 2010, reuniting him with former USC head coach Pete Carroll. He played in Seattle through the 2011 season, and then left the NFL for good.
“For me, it was a big deal in Seattle, because I was only out to prove I was worthy to be an NFL player,” he recalls. “There were so many questions, so many what-ifs and why-nots, and when I was named a starter, that was the first step to answering those questions.”
Williams compares his style as a high school football coach to the coaches he had, that weren’t necessarily in his good books either.
“It’s weird, because the coaches I hated the most in my career, I’m more like them,” he said. “I’m more like Mike Martz than I am Pete Carroll. Not schematically, but in terms of attention to detail — if you don’t do it right every time, it doesn’t matter. All the stuff I used to hate about Martz, that’s exactly how I am. And surprisingly enough, I hate throwing the ball. I will run the ball 50 times and throw it five as a coach.”