Tom Williams, Tom Quinn Named Assistant Football Coaches

Feb. 12, 2002

Only one more spot remains on first-year head coach Buddy Teevens' staff at Stanford after today's announcement of two more additions to the Cardinal's football coaching staff: former Cardinal standout Tom Williams as the team's Co-Defensive Coordinator / linebackers coach and former San Jose State coach Tom Quinn as the team's special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.

Teevens, who was named Stanford's head coach on January 9, 2002, has now filled eight of his nine assistant coaching positions. The only remaining spot on the staff is the running backs coach.

For Williams, today's announcement represents a homecoming. He was a four-year letterwinner at Stanford from 1989-92 and a graduate assistant coach under Bill Walsh in '93 and '94. As a player, Williams was a two-time Academic All-Pac-10 performer and an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection as a senior in 1992. He started 20 games at inside linebacker during his career and was the Cardinal's team captain in '92 when Stanford went 10-3 and finished ninth in the nation in Walsh's return season on The Farm.

Williams graduated with honors from Stanford in '92 with a degree in History. He earned a master's degree at Stanford in University Administration in '95.

A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Williams (born December 22, 1969) has been the inside linebackers coach at the University of Washington the past three seasons (1999-2001). He helped the Huskies advance to three bowl games (two Holiday, one Rose) and one Pac-10 championship (2000).

Between his stints at Stanford and Washington, Williams coached at the University of Hawaii for three years (1996-98). He was the linebackers coach in '96 and '97 and the defensive coordinator in '98.

Quinn (born January 27, 1968) has been a member of the San Jose State coaching staff the past three seasons as a defensive assistant and special teams coordinator. He coached under Dave Baldwin in '99 and '00 and was the only holdover when Fitz Hill became the Spartans head coach in 2001. Quinn's father, Mike, was an assistant coach at San Jose State from 1977-79.

Quinn played linebacker at the University of Arizona from 1986-90 and was a member of three bowl teams ('86 Aloha, '89 Copper, '90 Aloha). He earned a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1990 and a master's in education in '91, both from UA.

Quinn's coaching career began immediately after his playing days concluded. His first position was as the linebackers coach at Davidson College in 1991. He then went to James Madison University for three seasons (1992-94), where he spent time as the special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Quinn was the defensive coordinator at Boston University in 1995 and at Holy Cross College from 1996-98 before joining the Spartan's staff in 1999.

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