Sam Williamson is in his 10th season as the defensive line coach at Tech, staying on board with the new Golden Eagle coaching staff under head coach Marcus Satterfield. The defensive line could be the strength of the 2016 Golden Eagles under his leadership.
In 2011, on the way to winning a share of the OVC title, the Golden Eagle defense ranked first in the OVC and was first in the league in rushing defense, allowing only 148.5 yards per game, and Williamson's defensive line was one of the primary factors in the success.
Williamson, 34, is a 2005 graduate of UAB where he was a four-year letterman as a defensive tackle for the Blazers. He is a native of Greenville, Ala.
Following graduation, he spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Blazers, helping to mold the defensive line. He worked in developing the talents of NFL players Jermaine McElveen and Kyle Bissinger.
Elected as the captain of both the football and basketball teams at Greenville (Ala.) High School, Williamson continued in a leadership role with the Blazers during his collegiate career. He was twice named the team captain, twice chosen the Conference USA Player of the Week, and was named to the C-USA Academic Honor Roll.
A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Williamson was also active in the Big Brother, Big Sister program in Birmingham during his playing career.
A defensive tackle, he was a full-time starter his final two years and saw some additional starting duty as a sophomore in 2003. He finished his career with 106 total tackles, including 12 tackles-for-loss and four quarterback sacks.
In 2004, he was on the field for the Blazers when they played in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.
Williamson received his bachelor’s degree in Justice Science in 2005, and was a volunteer assistant coach during the 2006 season, working with the defensive line. He also worked one year in the Sports Medicine and Fitness program at UAB, mentoring high school seniors and supervising student-athletes from high schools and middle schools.
Williamson is the proud father of two sons, Braylon (7) and Braxton (2). He is engaged to Audrey Jackson of Spartanburg, South Carolina.