Alan Williams (American football)

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Alan Williams
Personal information
Born: (1969-11-04) November 4, 1969 (age 54)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Career information
College:William & Mary
Position:Defensive coordinator
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Coaching stats at PFR

Alan Williams (born November 4, 1969) is a former American football coach and former player who was previously the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL).


Between 1988 and 1991, Williams played running back at William & Mary, where he was a teammate of future Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and future Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott. Williams finished his playing career at William & Mary with 1,220 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns, while he totaled 131 receptions for 1,331 yards with 7 scores. As a senior, he led the team in receptions (57) and receiving yards (598).[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Williams was an assistant coach from 1992-95 for Norview High School, where he also coached track and field. He returned to William & Mary as a coach in 1996, coaching running backs from 1996–97 and defensive backs from 1998–2000.[2]

Williams got his first NFL coaching experience coaching under Tony Dungy in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization in 2001.[3] The next year, Williams followed Tony Dungy to the Indianapolis Colts where he served as the defensive backs coach for the Colts from 2002 to 2011. With the Colts, Williams won Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears.

On January 19, 2012, he was hired to be the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings.[4]

On January 24, 2014, Williams joined the Detroit Lions defensive coaching staff as the new secondary coach.[5]

In February 2018, Williams returned to the Indianapolis Colts as the defensive backs/safeties coach. [6]

On February 2, 2022, Williams became the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, following newly appointed head coach Matt Eberflus from the Indianapolis Colts.[7]

On September 20, 2023, Williams resigned, citing health and family concerns.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Williams is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. With his wife Lisa, he has three children—Christian, Solomon, and Nathan.


  1. ^ "Tribe Alum Alan Williams (?92) Named Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator". William & Mary Athletics.
  2. ^ "Star Track: Alan Williams".
  3. ^ "Minnesota Vikings Bio". Archived from the original on November 25, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  4. ^ "Report: Vikings will hire Alan Williams as defensive coordinator". Archived from the original on January 20, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Lions add Alan Williams to defensive staff". Archived from the original on May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "Coach Speak: Alan Williams Talks Colts Secondary". Retrieved September 20, 2023.
  7. ^ "Bears hire Williams as DC, Borgonzi as LBS coach".
  8. ^ "Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams resigns 'to take care of health and family'". Chicago Sun-Times. September 20, 2023. Retrieved September 20, 2023.