Academic Support Coaching Staff
Jamie Williams
Director of Student-Athlete Engagement and Professional Development
Coach Info:
Position: Director of Student-Athlete Engagement and Professional Development
Experience: 1st Year

Dr. Jamie Williams came to the University of Maryland as the Director of Student-Athlete Engagement and Professional Development in November of 2016.

Dr. Williams came to Maryland after spending three years at the University of Nebraska as Associate Athletic Director for Leadership, Student-Athlete Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives. In his role at Nebraska, Dr. Williams was a member of the senior management team, which oversaw a 100 million dollar program and management of 600 employees.

Included in his responsibilities was sport program supervision, competitive recruitment of student-athletes, risk management, budgetary and financial management, marketing, human resources, student affairs, facilities and strategic vision. Dr. Williams also ensured the value of major gifts at Nebraska, helping raise nearly 17 million dollars in three years. Along with former athletic director Tom Osborne, Dr. Williams worked to create the visionary on-campus Athletic Performance Laboratory and Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior fundraising effort, raising over five million dollars in the process.   

In February of 2013, Dr. Williams was selected to serve as a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance. He represented Nebraska and the Big Ten Conference on the committee, and also served on the Big Ten ad-hoc football scheduling group and liaison to the Big Ten Advisory Commission.

Dr. Williams joined Nebraska after spending six years as the Director of Athletics at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Before Dr. Williams' hiring, Academy of Art did not have an intercollegiate athletic program. Dr. Williams and his small staff created a fully functional NCAA Division II athletic department, serving more than 200 student-athletes in 16 sports, while also spearheading the creation of institutional control for the athletic department.

In May of 2013, he was honored by Academy of Art University with the presentation of an honorary doctorate degree.

Dr. Williams' was a four-year letter-winner for the Cornhuskers football team under legendary head coach Tom Osborne from 1979 to 1982, earning All-Big Eight honors in both 1981 and 1982. Dr. Williams caught 44 passes for 516 yards and seven touchdowns in his career, and was part of Big Eight championship teams in 1981 and 1982. Dr. Williams was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

Following his Nebraska career, Dr. Williams was a third-round draft pick of the New York Giants, and went on to play 12 seasons in the NFL. Dr. Williams played with the St. Louis Cardinals (1983), Houston Oilers (1984-88), San Francisco 49ers (1989-93) and Los Angeles Raiders (1994). He was a co-captain for San Francisco for four seasons and was a part of the 49ers Super Bowl XXIV championship team. Dr. Williams was twice named his team's Man of the Year during his career.

Following his playing career, Dr. Williams embarked on a successful professional career that includes work in the film industry as a writer, director, screenwriter and actor. Dr. Williams gained his most notoriety in the film world for his role as a writer, technical director and actor in Any Given Sunday.  Dr. Williams also has extensive work as a management consultant/executive coach working with numerous organizations in the Northern California area, including VISA USA and Yahoo.

A 1990 Nebraska graduate with a bachelor's in journalism, Dr. Williams continued his education following his football career. He received his Masters of Science in Mass Communication from San Jose State University in 1993, and a Doctorate of Education in Organization and Leadership, including an emphasis in sports administration, from the University of San Francisco in 2000.

Dr. Williams and his wife, Charlotte, have a son, Evan, and a daughter, Raven.