Williams leaving post with Navy

January 10, 1995|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer

When Naval Academy athletic director Jack Lengyel fired George Chaump and named Utah State's Charlie Weatherbie to replace him, Lengyel hoped the new head football coach would retain Doug Williams to tutor the quarterbacks.

Williams, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins quarterback who was voted Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XXII, was regarded as a high-profile assistant who could be a powerful recruiter for the academy.

But Williams, who had close ties to Chaump dating to his Tampa days, has opted to accept a job as a liaison between the NFL and the revived World League of American Football, which will resume play this spring as strictly a European League after a two-year hiatus. He reportedly will also be scouting for the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

Williams, attending a coaching convention in Dallas, could not be reached for comment.

"We definitely gave Doug an opportunity to stay here," said Weatherbie, "but by the time I talked to him last week, he had made up his mind to go with the [World League]."

Weatherbie's football staff at Navy will closely resemble the one he had at Utah State during his three-year stay there. Six of his assistants will join him in Annapolis, with Paul Johnson, of Hawaii, the lone exception.

Johnson will serve as both offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. While working in the same capacity in Hawaii, his team consistently ranked in the Top 20 offensively the past six years, averaging over 30 points a game.

In 1985 and 1986, he helped coach Georgia Southern to consecutive Division I-AA titles with Tracy Ham, now with Baltimore's CFL team, as his quarterback.

"Having six guys I worked with before will be a definite plus," said Weatherbie. "We know each other well and what system we want to run."

Weatherbie's carry-over staff includes Dick Bumpas, who will serve as defensive coordinator and defensive line coach; Brent Guy, in charge of linebackers; Gary Patterson, defensive backs; Gene McKeehan, centers and guards; Scott Criner, tight ends and offensive tackles; and Scott Runyan, wide receivers.

He still has to hire a special teams and kicking coach.

Weatherbie plans to meet today with all the upperclassmen expected to return next season. He will then begin recruiting in earnest, returning to the academy on weekends to welcome football prospects.

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