TROY, AL (WSFA) - It’s been wave after wave of announcements regarding additions to the Troy football coaching staff and it’s not stopping. Just Thursday, two new additions to head coach Chip Lindsey’s staff were announced.
John Carr has been added on the offensive side of things and former Troy Trojan football player Davern Williams has been added to the defensive side.
Carr is familiar with the Sun Belt Conference and the Troy Trojans. He coached the wide receivers at fellow Sun Belt school Louisiana-Monroe last season. It was Carr’s first season at ULM but he brings over 20 years total of coaching experience at three different levels.
“John has been successful at every level he’s coached, and we’re excited to have him and his family at Troy,” said Lindsey. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and has experience as a head coach and coordinator. John is a teacher at his core and can instantly connect with those around him in a positive way.”
While coaching receivers at ULM last season, as a unit they averaged 247.5 yards per game - the second best in the conference - and produced a Paul Hornung Award finalist in Marcus Greene.
“My family and I are humbled to become part of the Troy Family,” said Carr. “I want to thank Coach Lindsey for the opportunity to join this staff as we look to build on the strong foundation that is Troy Football. Coach Lindsey has a great vision to strengthen Troy’s grip as one of the premier programs in the Group of Five, and I cannot wait to work towards that goal.”
Williams is a Montgomery native and was an all-conference defensive lineman while at Troy in the early 2000s. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins and played two seasons.
“Anytime you can bring a former player home it is a great feeling,” said Lindsey. “It becomes a win-win for everyone involved when that former player is someone the caliber of Davern Williams. He has a tremendous track record of developing players and is a great mentor to the men in his room both on and off the field.”
After his NFL career, Williams entered the coaching business and made stops at Huntingdon College, Millsaps College, Jacksonville State, Murray State, East Mississippi Community College, Chattanooga and briefly Akron.
Williams produced several all-conference talents while at Chattanooga and Jacksonville State, including Isaiah Mack at Chattanooga who was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award for the top defensive player in the FCS.
“I would like to thank Coach Lindsey for giving me an opportunity to come home to the school that I love. He is an outstanding coach and an even more outstanding man” said Williams. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work under his leadership here at Troy. No matter where I have been, Troy has always been in my heart. The same blood, sweat and tears that I shed as a player will be magnified now that I am back as an assistant coach.”
According to Troy Athletics, Lindsey will announce staff positions at a later date.