Miles adds another member to Georgia State staff

J.D. Williams will be joining Trent Miles’ staff at Georgia State as defensive backs coach, completing the coaches on that side of the ball.

Williams comes to Georgia State after serving as defensive coordinator at UNLV this year. He and the Rebels’ offensive coordinator weren’t retained after the season.

He and Miles coached together at Washington. He has also coached defensive backs or the secondary at UNLV (2010-11), Utah (2009), Washington (2006-08), California (2002-05), Fresno State (2000-01), San Jose State (1999) and Cal Poly (1998).

Williams was a defensive back at Fresno State who was drafted in the first round by the Bills in 1990. He played in four Super Bowls.

He is the fifth coach Miles has hired and the first to not come with him from his previous job at Indiana State.

The new staff is:

Defensive coordinator: Jesse Minter

Linebackers: P.J. Volker

Defensive line: Shannon Jackson

Defensive backs: J.D. Williams

Offensive coordinator:

Offensive line: Harold Etheridge

Running backs:


Wide receivers:

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11 comments Add your comment


December 10th, 2012
6:28 pm

What about a special teams coach?

Doug Roberson

December 10th, 2012
6:47 pm

That job will likely be split with another responsibility, which is common


December 10th, 2012
7:44 pm

Who will the qb coach by Gruden?

Astonishing Werepanther

December 10th, 2012
8:21 pm

Looks like good news to me. I like how the staff is shaping up.


December 10th, 2012
9:28 pm

Sounds good.!

4 super bowls is cool.

Need to get some Southern guys now.


December 10th, 2012
10:08 pm

Trooper Taylor sure would look good as RB coach.


December 10th, 2012
10:30 pm

What’s up with the OC?

[...] Doug also uncovered an additional assistant coach on Monday as former UNLV Defensive Coordinator J.D. Williams has joined the staff as a defensive backs coach.  Coach Trent Miles is putting together a big time staff with excellent recruiting roots. [...]

John Bond

December 11th, 2012
10:10 am


December 11th, 2012
12:18 pm

@John Bond… You stay the hell away from my school! You hear me?!

[...] from Coach Miles and Falcons QB Matt Ryan on the hire. Former Illinois State OC Luke Huard and UNLV DC JD Williams were also added to the staff as position [...]