Stoops Brings Williams, Kish on Staff

Dec. 15, 2003

TUCSON - University of Arizona football coach Mike Stoops welcomed two additions to his new coaching staff today, bringing in Charlie Williams from South Carolina and Tim Kish from Indiana.

'Charlie and Tim have a lot of football experience, are able to build great relationships with kids and are very enthusiastic,' Stoops said. 'Their energy makes them outstanding recruiters. I'm really happy to get them on board our new program,' he said.

Williams will coach UA running backs, while Kish will coach the defensive line. They join the staff that is now half complete with two previous appointments announced by Stoops -- his younger brother, Mark, who will coordinate UA's defense, and Eric Wolford, the new offensive line coach. Mike Stoops said his other five assistants will be named in subsequent weeks, maybe some after the bowl season.

Williams' most recent post was receivers coach under Lou Holtz at South Carolina, following a six-year stint coaching receivers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He tutored such standout performers as Keyshawn Johnson, Reidel Anthony and Jaquez Green while with the Bucs, sending Johnson to three Pro Bowls.

In 2000 and 2001, Tampa Bay's offense set several club offensive records and during Williams' tenure the team advanced to the playoff on four different occasions from 1996-2001.

Prior to his time with Tampa Bay, Williams, 45, served as wide receivers coach at the University of Miami (1993-95), where he helped lead the Hurricanes to three bowl games under two different coaches -- Dennis Erickson and Butch Davis, and served under then offensive coordinator Larry Coker.

He also has coached at Long Beach City College (1984-85), New Mexico State (1986-87), Texas Christian (1987-91) and Minnesota (1992). Williams earned a degree in 1982 from Colorado State, where he played defensive back in 1978-79.

Kish, 49, has 28 seasons of football coaching experience including the past two years as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Indiana. Prior to that he was defensive coordinator for a year at Ohio University (2001) and defensive coordinator for four years at Illinois (1997-2000).

Kish was an assistant at Northwestern from 1992 to 1996, coaching defensive ends and linebackers and helping the Wildcats turn their program from a 3-7-1 finish in 1994 to 10-2 in 1995 and 9-3 in 1996.

He joined the Northwestern staff after eight years (1984-91) at Army coaching the same positions, making three bowl trips with the Cadets. He coached quarterbacks and the defensive line at Ball State in 1982 and 1983, respectively, and also has experience as secondary coach at Purdue (1979-81), a graduate assistant at Bowling Green (1977-78) and as an assistant Mariemont High School (1976-77). He earned a bachelor's degree from Otterbein College in 1976 and a master's degree from Bowling Green State in 1978.

Also, Monday marked the first day on the job for Erick Harper, who joined Stoops' staff as director of football operations after serving the past seven years as compliance director at Kansas State University.

Harper spent 14 years at Kansas State, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1992. He began with an internship that year in marketing and development and began fulltime as an assistant director of marketing and promotions, and advertising sales. In 1996 he was promoted to compliance auditor as an assistant athletics director. He oversaw the educational programs designed to keep coaches, student-athletes and staff aware of institutional, Big 12 and NCAA by-laws governing intercollegiate athletics.

His first seven years at Kansas State coincided with Mike Stoops' tenure there as defensive ends coach and co-defensive coordinator.

Stoops' staff is heavily involved in recruiting the next seven weeks prior to National Letter of Intent signing day the first week in February. The program is expected to begin spring practice in mid or late March.

Stoops received a standing ovation after his introduction Saturday at halftime of Arizona's men's basketball victory over No. 22 Marquette, and after some remarks the crowd of 14,000-plus sang 'Happy Birthday' to him. He turned 42 that day.

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