Georgia football has hired a new defensive backs coach. Fran Brown, Georgia’s former defensive back coach, became Syracuse's head coach earlier this month, leaving an open spot for Kirby Smart to hire a new coach.
That new coach is Donte Williams. Williams was previously at USC coaching the same position. Williams has been at USC since 2020. The 41-year-old is a southern California native hailing from Culver City. Williams played at Pasadena (Calif.) City College in 2002, Syracuse in 2003, and Idaho State in 2004 and 2005.
Williams spent time in 2010 as a quality control coach at Nevada. Then moved on to become a graduate assistant at Washington in 2011 and 2012 and spent three seasons, 2013-15, at San Jose State as a secondary coach and recruiting coordinator.
Williams was also the cornerbacks coach at Arizona in 2016. Then, he moved In 2017, where he coached Nebraska's cornerbacks. Williams spent the two seasons,2018-19, as Oregon's cornerbacks coach.
Williams is a well-known recruiter and is regarded as one of the best recruiters in the country. Willimas has been the lead recruiter for six 5-star prospects during his coaching career. That's probably why Williams was brought in on Kirby Smart's coaching staff. Being a good coach is one thing, but being a good coach and a great recruiter is what Kirby Smart is looking for.
Williams was also the interim head coach for USC during the firing of Clay Helton and Lincoln Riley. Williams was the head coach for the Trojans for nine games, going 3-7. Williams was retained by Riley and stayed on his staff until today.
This is probably the best coach to replace Fran Brown, a great recruiter. Georgia and Kirby Smart got themselves a great coach and someone great on the recruiting trail. Williams is expected to be in Athens on Monday to coach the defensive backs for the Orange Bowl.