Daryl Williams: New leader of Blue Bear pack

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 1, 2013

SALISBURY — It’s been more than a decade since Livingstone College had a winning football season, but officials are hoping to change that with the promotion of Daryl Williams to interim head coach.

Williams, 39, replaces Elvin Williams, who was ousted at the end of this season after a 3-28 record during his three-year tenure.

The Blue Bears haven’t had a successful season since 1998, when they went 7-3 and won their second straight CIAA conference title.

Athletic Director Andre Springs has said Williams, who landed the job at the beginning of December, is the right person to get the team back on track.

Williams, who has been an assistant coach at Livingstone for about a year, served as associate head coach and quarterbacks coach at Texas Southern University from 2007 to 2011. The college won the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship during the 2010 season.

Prior to that, he was the director of football operations at Alabama State University.

Will he be able to lead the Blue Bears to victory?

— Sarah Campbell

Dream date? Nia Long
If you won the lottery? I’d keep coaching and build a field house for Livingstone College

Favorite TV show? “The Mentalist”

Who should play you in a movie? Denzel Washington, I wouldn’t have it any other way

Your last meal? My mom’s lasagna

Who will you watch in 2013? Livingstone athletic director Andre Springs and President Barack Obama; they both have great vision

Your biggest challenge in 2013? Getting a bunch of guys to buy into one common goal and not be selfish. They have to play for the team that’s on the front and back of their jerseys, that’s Livingstone College.

Your biggest hope for 2013? Winning. Putting a product on the field that this school and the community can be proud of. I want the stands to be full every Saturday that we take the field.

Reaction to making the list? I was very shocked and surprised. It’s a great honor, I look forward to the season.