BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech officially announced the hiring of new wide receivers coach Jafar Williams. Williams takes the place of assistant coach Holmon Wiggins, who left the Hokies program for the same job at Alabama.
Williams spent the past season coaching the running backs at his alma mater, Maryland. Before that, he worked for two seasons as the wide receivers coach, at Rutgers. He also coached running backs at Purdue and Northwestern.
Williams, a 2003 Maryland graduate, has a connection to the current Tech staff that dates back to 2007, when he and offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen coached together at Illinois State. Current Hokies coach Justin Fuente had been with the Redbirds the season before, but became TCU’s running backs coach in 2007.
“I knew the qualities we wanted in an assistant coach and recruiter to fill this position,” Fuente said in a statement released by the school. “Jafar possesses familiarity with our offensive philosophy, as well as our coaching style and expectations. Jafar has been through the recruiting process as a coach and a student-athlete and has built solid relationships across our region. He has also paid his dues in the coaching ranks, gained experience in a variety of different positions during his career. We’re excited about him joining our coaching staff at Virginia Tech.”
Williams was available because Maryland made a coaching change,
first suspending, then firing head coach D.J. Durkin for promoting an abusive culture within the program, an issue that came to light following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair during a workout.
Wiggins came to Tech from Memphis, where he spent four seasons with Fuente.
“On behalf of our entire coaching staff, we appreciate the contributions that Holmon Wiggins has made to our program at Virginia Tech,” Fuente said in a statement released by the school. “I also appreciate the integral role he played in building our program at Memphis. We congratulate Coach Wiggins on taking the next step in his coaching journey. We wish he, Dominique and their wonderful family all the best at Alabama.”
At Alabama, he takes the spot of Josh Gattis, who left to become the offensive coordinator at Michigan. Wiggins also was a candidate to be the co-offensive coordinator at Temple, per a source.
Wiggins is the second coach to leave Fuente’s staff in his three seasons. Galen Scott was promoted to co-defensive coordinator before this past season, but promptly resigned after an extra marital affair became public.
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