|Position:||Assistant Coach-Offensive Line|
Cedric Williams, a former staff member at South Carolina, has joined head coach Shawn Elliott’s Georgia State staff as the offensive line coach.
Williams spent the 2016 season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at South Carolina following five seasons as the offensive line coach at Newberry (S.C.) College, which he helped lead to NCAA Division II playoff berths in 2013 and 2015.
Williams had five different Newberry players earn all-conference recognition during his tenure. In 2011, the Wolves ranked second nationally in Division II for fewest sacks allowed, giving up only five sacks in 10 games.
In addition to coaching the Newberry offensive line, Williams was elevated to assistant head coach in 2013.
Williams went to Newberry after one season (2010) as the offensive line coach at Mississippi Valley State. After allowing 58 sacks in the year prior to Williams’ arrival, the Delta Devils improved to 24 sacks in the 2010 season, one of the biggest turnarounds in Division I-FCS history.
In 2009, Williams served as the offensive line coach at Tennessee State, and his unit led the Ohio Valley Conference in fewest sacks allowed.
Williams has also interned with three National Football League teams as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program. He participated in the program with the Panthers (2012), Steelers (2013) and Vikings (2015).
Williams began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Gamecocks from 2006-08. He served as the interim offensive line coach for the 2008 Outback Bowl.
A four-year starter on the offensive line at South Carolina (1999-02), Williams was a first-team All-SEC performer in 2000 and helped his team to Outback Bowl victories following the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
The Charleston, S.C., native earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in sport and entertainment management. He is married to the former Richelle Grant, and the couple has one daughter, Nina.