Defensive Coordinator (LB)
Missouri Western State, 1997
Matt Williamson is in his third season as the Lumberjacks’ defensive coordinator, working primarily with SFA’s linebacking corps.
As a whole, the Lumberjack defense ranked among the SLC leaders in rushing defense, giving up just 184.8 yards per game, while limiting opponents to 32.9 points per game.
Among the SFA linebacking unit, Williamson helped form senior Justin Owens into one of the top defensive players in the Southland Conference, finishing among the SLC leaders with 100 total tackles, including 44 solo stops, earning All-SLC honorable mention honors.
In addition, newcomer Price Miller ranked second on the team with 52 tackles and enters 2016 ready to anchor SFA’s linebacking unit.
Taking over the reign of SFA’s defensive game plan, SFA held opponents to 28.5 points and 408.8 yards per game, 21 points and 120 yards fewer than the ‘Jacks gave up in 2013. Among the Lumberjack linebackers, senior Collin Garrett earned first team All-SLC honors, ranking among the conference leaders in tackles.
Williamson has worked side-by-side with coach Conque for the past eight years, serving as Central Arkansas’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach since the 2007 season. Under Williamson, UCA led the Southland in scoring defense three-straight seasons, leading the league in total defense in 2009.
Prior to his time in Conway, Williamson spent seven seasons on the staff at Missouri Western State, serving as the Griffons’ defensive line coach during that span as well as taking on the role of defensive coordinator in 2005. Williamson spent two seasons at Arkansas-Monticello (1999-2000) as a defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator after spending three seasons at Missouri Western as a graduate assistant from 1997-99.
A three-time All-MIAA selection at noseguard at Missouri Western, Williamson was a second team All-American in 1996, leading the Griffons with 82 tackles before earning his degree in 1997.
He and his wife, Andrea, have two sons: Zach and Brock.
The Williamson File
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: St. Charles
College: Missouri Western State (1997)
Playing Experience: Three-time All-Conference and second team All-American at noseguard
Family: Andrea (Wife); Zach and Brock
2014-Present: Stephen F. Austin • Defensive coordinator (Linebackers)
2008-13: Central Arkansas • Defensive coordinator (Linebackers)
2000-07: Missouri Western State • Defensive coordinator
1999: Arkansas-Monticello • Defensive line
1997-98: Missouri Western State • Graduate assistant coach