Charlie Strong Continues To Build Staff: King, Jean-Mary, Williams Added

Charlie Strong Brings More Staff From Texas

On Sunday USF made the hire of Brian Jean-Mary official. Earlier in the week there were reports that Jean-Mary would be going Charlie Strong’s USF staff as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator.

Jean-Mary and Strong go all the way back to Strong’s Louisville days where Jean-Mary served as his assistant head coach and linebackers coach. The pair amassed a 37-15 record and a pair of Big East Conference Championships (2011, 2012).

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Before making his way to Louisville with Strong, Jean-Mary helped Georgia Tech post an 11-3 record in 2009 and won an ACC Championship over Clemson. Their defense ranked 13th in tackles for loss, 18th in sacks, 24th in rushing defense, 25th in total defense and 28th in scoring defense.

In 2005 Jean-Mary coached Gerris Wilkinson, a two-time All-ACC linebacker and Tech’s leading tackler in his last two seasons. Wilkinson ended up being a third-round draft pick to the New York Giants. During that time Jean-Mary’s linebackers recorded seven of Georgia Tech’s 21 interceptions.

USF’s athletic department was very busy this weekend as there were two more spots filled in the coaching staff.

Shaun King Will Remain In The Bay

With the hire of Sterlin Gilbert last week as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach many USF fans wondered what might happen to Shaun King. USF announced over the weekend that King would stay as USF’s running backs coach.

King joined the USF staff in 2016 as the Bulls’ quarterbacks coach. The Bay Area native was part of USF’s record-setting season for offense and coached the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Quinton Flowers.

King is a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tulane quarterback. During his first season in collegiate coaching he helped guide Flowers to numerous USF season records including total offense (4,337 yards), total touchdowns (42), passing touchdowns (24), rushing yards (1,530) and rushing touchdowns (18). Flowers’ rushing total (1,530 yards) is the fifth-best mark ever by an FBS quarterback and his 7.73 yards per carry average is fourth among all FBS players in 2016.


This past season with King on the staff directly, USF’s offense set nearly 40 team and individual records, which included team records for total yards (6,650), rushing yards (3,714) and scoring (569 points). The Bulls posted their first-ever 11-2 season along side their first Top 25 ranking since 2011 and won the program’s fifth bowl game.

The announcement of King’s hire as running backs coach is just one of three major coaching announcements the school has made this past week.

Veteran Charlie Williams Returns To The Bay As Well

Strong announced the return of veteran coach Charlie Williams to be the Bulls’ wide receivers coach.

Williams is a 31-year coaching veteran who held the same position on Strong’s staff at Texas last season. In 2015 Williams served as the Indianapolis Colts’ running back coach and in 2012-14 he served as their receivers coach. He initially gained experience as a receivers coach in 1996-2001 while coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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“It’s great to bring Charlie back to Tampa where he had great success in the NFL and knows so many people,” Strong said in a statement released by USF. “He’s a veteran coach who has had tremendous success both on the NFL and collegiate level and I think will be a great mentor and teacher for our student-athletes at USF.”

While at Texas, Williams coached a group of receiver that had seven players finish with 20 more catches in 2016.

“It’s great to come back to the Bay Area with Coach Strong,” Williams said in a statement released by USF. “I have very fond memories of my time here and the people and community here. We have a great opportunity at USF with some really talented players, and I’m excited to be back in Florida and to get started.”

Williams coaching experience ranges from the NFL to also collegiate play. He coached at the University of North Carolina for five seasons (2007-11) developing some of the most prolific receivers in the school’s history. He coached players like Dwight Jones, Greg Little, Erik Highsmith, Hakeem Nicks, and many more who went on to play in the pros.

Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.