Navy hires former Redskin Doug Williams

January 23, 1994|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

Doug Williams, the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XXII in 1988, when he broke four passing records in leading the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos, has been named running backs coach for the Naval Academy football team.

Williams, 38, replaces Frank Hickson, who accepted a similar position with South Carolina.

Navy coach George Chaump announced the hiring of Williams at a football banquet in Annapolis Friday night. Yesterday, Williams joined Chaump in meeting potential recruits for next season.

His relationship with Chaump dates to his early years as an NFL quarterback.

An All-America quarterback at Grambling, Williams became the first-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1978 NFL draft. The next season, Chaump was named the Bucs' running backs coach, a job he held for three seasons.

Williams led Tampa Bay into the playoffs for the first time in 1979, when it lost the NFC championship game to the Los Angeles Rams. He remained with the Bucs until 1983, when he could not reach a contact agreement with owner Hugh Culverhouse. Williams played one season for the Oklahoma Outlaws in the U.S. Football League before joining the Redskins in 1986.

He twice lost his starting job to Jay Schroeder while bothered by back injuries, but Williams, who had a powerful arm, put it all together in 1987 and passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns in the Super Bowl.

"A lot of people ask me if winning the Super Bowl and being named MVP was my biggest thrill in sports," he said. "But all I got for that was a trophy and a car. I've found what I'm doing now -- coaching kids -- is a lot more rewarding."

Williams left the Redskins in 1989 and worked as a sportscaster for the Black Entertainment Network the next year.

In 1990, he returned to his native Louisiana to coach high school football in Pointe Taupe. In 1991, he worked for the state's drug program. Last year, he coached Northeast High in his hometown of Zachary, La., to a 13-1 record, advancing to the state semifinals.

"Working with those kids at my old high school and seeing a number of them get college scholarships is something I'll cherish," said Williams.

Chaump said he also interviewed former Navy star running back Napoleon McCallum about the coaching vacancy, but McCallum plans to continue playing for the Los Angeles Raiders.

"Getting Doug gives us instant credibility and adds some excitement to the program," said Chaump, who received a contract extension after finishing 4-7 last season.

"I always thought Doug was an exceptional quarterback, especially at reading defenses. But we also always had a good working relationship in Tampa."

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