Travis Williams stood on the sideline for Auburn as a player in 2005 and now, a decade later, the former All-SEC linebacker will be on the Tigers’ sideline yet again. Williams was promoted to linebackers coach Thursday, the school announced.
“I have always been very impressed by Travis’ knowledge and passion for the game and his ability to relate to our players,” coach Gus Malzahn said in a release from Auburn. “I’m glad to have him as an on-field coach. Travis embodies Auburn and what Auburn football is about. He’s a great addition to our staff.”
After playing at Auburn, Williams spent three years with the Atlanta Falcons (during which he played in six games). In 2008, he took an assistant coach role at his alma mater, Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C, where he held the school record for most tackles in a season.
Williams became a defensive graduate assistant at Auburn in 2009 and worked with the teams that won the 2010 Outback Bowl and the 2011 National Championship. He then moved to Fairburn, Ga., where he was the defensive coordinator for a Creekside High School team which won the 2013 Georgia Class 5A state championship.
In 2014, Williams came home once again, joining Auburn’s staff as a defensive analyst.