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
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.
“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.”
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.