Ex-NFL Star Mike Williams — Coaching Middle School … Wants to Be...

Ex-NFL Star Mike Williams — Coaching Middle School … Wants to Be USC's 1st Black Head Coach

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Ex-NFL Star Mike Williams

Coaching Middle School Football

Wants to Be USC’s 1st Black Head Coach

2/21/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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He killed it at USC … and spent several seasons in the NFL … but now ex-wide receiver Mike Williams has a new goal — to be USC’s first black head coach … and he’s starting by coaching at an L.A. middle school. 

The 31-year-old tells TMZ Sports he officially hung up his cleats — but says he’s always had a passion to coach. So when he moved back to L.A., he started hunting for jobs to get his new career off the ground. 

“I applied for a couple of high school jobs … schools that I thought would have good athletes … but some of those schools didn’t even call me back for an interview,” Williams says. 

But one place that did have interest was the prestigious Brentwood School in L.A. — where tuition runs $35k … and boasts famous alumni like Fred Savage and Adam Levine

“Brentwood really presented a great situation for me. I was able to assist with the varsity team, and then head the middle school team.”

Williams says he’s having a blast so far — and is excited to share the wealth of football knowledge he’s picked up over the years … especially what he learned from Pete Carroll, who coached him in college and in the pros. 

“What I learned from Coach Carroll is he allows guys to be exactly who they are … as long as it’s in the confines of what the team is trying to do. That’s why you see all these personalities coexist … and in a winning fashion. Be who you are as long as you ballin.”

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Williams tells us his “ultimate goal” is to become the first African American head coach at USC … but says for now, he’s definitely enjoying the journey. 

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