Coaches

Charlie Williams
Wide Receivers Coach
College:
Colorado State
Hometown:
Torrance, CA
Experience:
9

Charlie Williams enters his 29th year of coaching and his third as the wide receivers coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

 

In 2013, Williams coached a group of receivers led by Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. Hilton led the Colts with 82 receptions for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns, claiming his first career 1,000-yard season. In the AFC Wild Card game against Kansas City, Hilton set a franchise record and tied for the second-most catches in a single game in NFL postseason history with 13, while his 224 receiving yards also set a team record and ranked as the third-most in NFL history. Wayne recorded 38 catches for 503 yards and two touchdowns for the year before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 7 against Denver.

 

Following Wayne’s injury, wide receivers LaVon Brazill, Da’Rick Rogers and Griff Whalen were thrust into more prominent roles on the offense. Brazill and Rogers each scored two touchdowns in Week 14 at Cincinnati, while Brazill added an additional multi-touchdown game in the AFC Divisional playoff game at New England. Whalen capped the year with 24 receptions for 259 yards and two touchdowns, while adding seven catches for 93 yards in the postseason.

 

Williams’ experience was imperative in guiding the 2012 Colts receivers who contributed with 231 receptions for 3,211 yards and 16 touchdowns. Wayne totaled 106 receptions for 1,355 yards, which were both the second-highest totals for a single season in his NFL career. He also added five touchdowns en route to his sixth career Pro Bowl selection. Wayne posted his sixth season with at least 1,200 receiving yards, which ties him for the third-most all-time as he became the third active player and 14th in NFL history to reach 13,000 receiving yards for his career. He registered a career-best 212 receiving yards in the team’s Week 5 victory against Green Bay en route to his eighth 1,000-yard receiving season, which ties him with Marvin Harrison for the most in franchise history. Wayne became one-of-six players in NFL history to tally four 100-catch seasons as he set a new NFL record for consecutive games with three-or-more receptions (64). Following the team’s AFC Wild Card playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Wayne moved into second place in NFL postseason history with 92 career receptions and fourth in postseason receiving yards with 1,242.

 

Williams also directed Donnie Avery in 2012, who set single-season career highs in receptions (60), receiving yards (781) and 100-yard games (two). Avery also tied a single-game career-high with two touchdowns in the team’s Week 13 win at Detroit. Hilton ranked first among NFL rookies in receiving touchdowns (seven) and 100-yard games (five). He was also second in receiving yards (861) and tied for fourth in receptions (50). Hilton’s five 100-yard receiving outings were the most by a Colts rookie in franchise history as he finished with the second-most receiving yards and tied for the third-most receiving touchdowns by a rookie in team history.

 

Williams came to Indianapolis after spending the previous five seasons (2007-2011) as the wide receivers coach at the University of North Carolina. While in Chapel Hill, Williams was responsible for the development of 2008 First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who finished his three-year Carolina career with 14 school records. Nicks set school records for career and single-season receiving yardage and after a remarkable 217-yard performance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, declared for the NFL Draft where he was selected in the first round (29th overall) by the New York Giants. In 2008, all three of Williams’ starting wide receivers were selected in the NFL Draft, including Nicks, Brandon Tate and Brooks Foster.

 

Prior to North Carolina, Williams spent three seasons (2004-06) coaching wide receivers at the University of Arizona. With the Wildcats, Williams developed Syndric Steptoe into a big-play threat. Steptoe was the Wildcats' leading receiver in 2006 with 55 receptions for 568 yards. Mike Thomas, Arizona's second-leading receiver in 2006 with 50 catches, set the freshman school record with 52 receptions in 2005.

 

Williams also spent one season at the University of South Carolina (2003), where he helped develop Troy Williamson into a 2005 first-round NFL draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings.

 

Williams earned his first NFL coaching experience, guiding wide receivers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), under Head Coach Tony Dungy. He helped tutor receivers such as Keyshawn Johnson, Reidel Anthony and Jacquez Green. Johnson was chosen to play in three Pro Bowls while Williams was his position coach. The 2000 and 2001 Tampa Bay offenses set several franchise offensive records and the team advanced to the playoffs four times during his tenure.

 

Prior to his first NFL stint, Williams was the wide receivers coach for three seasons at the University of Miami (Fla.) (1993-95). In 1993 and 1994, Williams coached Chris T. Jones, who led the Hurricanes in receiving both years and had a total of 90 catches for 1,462 yards. The 1993 Hurricanes (9-3) played Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl and Jones led Miami with six catches for 98 yards. Williams was part of the 1994 Miami staff that led the Hurricanes to a 10-2 finish and played Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

 

A native of Long Beach, Calif., Williams began his coaching career at Long Beach City College in 1984. He worked two years at New Mexico State University (1986-87), four seasons at Texas Christian University (1988-1991) and one year at the University of Minnesota (1992) before joining the Miami program.

 

Williams played two years as a defensive back at Colorado State University (1978-79). He and his wife Lisa, have two daughters, Sydney and Jada, and a son, Gregory.

 

Coaching Career

1984                Long Beach City College        Defensive Backs

1986-1987       New Mexico State                   Running Backs

1988-1991       TCU                                         Wide Receivers/Running Backs

1992                Minnesota                               Wide Receivers

1993-1995       University of Miami (Fla.)        Wide Receivers

1996-2001       Tampa Bay Buccaneers          Wide Receivers

2003                South Carolina                        Wide Receivers

2004-2006       Arizona                                    Wide Receivers

2007-2011       North Carolina                         Wide Receivers

2012-2014       Indianapolis Colts                    Wide Receivers

Charlie Williams enters his 29th year of coaching and his third as the wide receivers coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

 

In 2013, Williams coached a group of receivers led by Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. Hilton led the Colts with 82 receptions for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns, claiming his first career 1,000-yard season. In the AFC Wild Card game against Kansas City, Hilton set a franchise record and tied for the second-most catches in a single game in NFL postseason history with 13, while his 224 receiving yards also set a team record and ranked as the third-most in NFL history. Wayne recorded 38 catches for 503 yards and two touchdowns for the year before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 7 against Denver.

 

Following Wayne’s injury, wide receivers LaVon Brazill, Da’Rick Rogers and Griff Whalen were thrust into more prominent roles on the offense. Brazill and Rogers each scored two touchdowns in Week 14 at Cincinnati, while Brazill added an additional multi-touchdown game in the AFC Divisional playoff game at New England. Whalen capped the year with 24 receptions for 259 yards and two touchdowns, while adding seven catches for 93 yards in the postseason.

 

Williams’ experience was imperative in guiding the 2012 Colts receivers who contributed with 231 receptions for 3,211 yards and 16 touchdowns. Wayne totaled 106 receptions for 1,355 yards, which were both the second-highest totals for a single season in his NFL career. He also added five touchdowns en route to his sixth career Pro Bowl selection. Wayne posted his sixth season with at least 1,200 receiving yards, which ties him for the third-most all-time as he became the third active player and 14th in NFL history to reach 13,000 receiving yards for his career. He registered a career-best 212 receiving yards in the team’s Week 5 victory against Green Bay en route to his eighth 1,000-yard receiving season, which ties him with Marvin Harrison for the most in franchise history. Wayne became one-of-six players in NFL history to tally four 100-catch seasons as he set a new NFL record for consecutive games with three-or-more receptions (64). Following the team’s AFC Wild Card playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Wayne moved into second place in NFL postseason history with 92 career receptions and fourth in postseason receiving yards with 1,242.

 

Williams also directed Donnie Avery in 2012, who set single-season career highs in receptions (60), receiving yards (781) and 100-yard games (two). Avery also tied a single-game career-high with two touchdowns in the team’s Week 13 win at Detroit. Hilton ranked first among NFL rookies in receiving touchdowns (seven) and 100-yard games (five). He was also second in receiving yards (861) and tied for fourth in receptions (50). Hilton’s five 100-yard receiving outings were the most by a Colts rookie in franchise history as he finished with the second-most receiving yards and tied for the third-most receiving touchdowns by a rookie in team history.

 

Williams came to Indianapolis after spending the previous five seasons (2007-2011) as the wide receivers coach at the University of North Carolina. While in Chapel Hill, Williams was responsible for the development of 2008 First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who finished his three-year Carolina career with 14 school records. Nicks set school records for career and single-season receiving yardage and after a remarkable 217-yard performance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, declared for the NFL Draft where he was selected in the first round (29th overall) by the New York Giants. In 2008, all three of Williams’ starting wide receivers were selected in the NFL Draft, including Nicks, Brandon Tate and Brooks Foster.

 

Prior to North Carolina, Williams spent three seasons (2004-06) coaching wide receivers at the University of Arizona. With the Wildcats, Williams developed Syndric Steptoe into a big-play threat. Steptoe was the Wildcats' leading receiver in 2006 with 55 receptions for 568 yards. Mike Thomas, Arizona's second-leading receiver in 2006 with 50 catches, set the freshman school record with 52 receptions in 2005.

 

Williams also spent one season at the University of South Carolina (2003), where he helped develop Troy Williamson into a 2005 first-round NFL draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings.

 

Williams earned his first NFL coaching experience, guiding wide receivers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), under Head Coach Tony Dungy. He helped tutor receivers such as Keyshawn Johnson, Reidel Anthony and Jacquez Green. Johnson was chosen to play in three Pro Bowls while Williams was his position coach. The 2000 and 2001 Tampa Bay offenses set several franchise offensive records and the team advanced to the playoffs four times during his tenure.

 

Prior to his first NFL stint, Williams was the wide receivers coach for three seasons at the University of Miami (Fla.) (1993-95). In 1993 and 1994, Williams coached Chris T. Jones, who led the Hurricanes in receiving both years and had a total of 90 catches for 1,462 yards. The 1993 Hurricanes (9-3) played Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl and Jones led Miami with six catches for 98 yards. Williams was part of the 1994 Miami staff that led the Hurricanes to a 10-2 finish and played Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

 

A native of Long Beach, Calif., Williams began his coaching career at Long Beach City College in 1984. He worked two years at New Mexico State University (1986-87), four seasons at Texas Christian University (1988-1991) and one year at the University of Minnesota (1992) before joining the Miami program.

 

Williams played two years as a defensive back at Colorado State University (1978-79). He and his wife Lisa, have two daughters, Sydney and Jada, and a son, Gregory.

 

Coaching Career

1984                Long Beach City College        Defensive Backs

1986-1987       New Mexico State                   Running Backs

1988-1991       TCU                                         Wide Receivers/Running Backs

1992                Minnesota                               Wide Receivers

1993-1995       University of Miami (Fla.)        Wide Receivers

1996-2001       Tampa Bay Buccaneers          Wide Receivers

2003                South Carolina                        Wide Receivers

2004-2006       Arizona                                    Wide Receivers

2007-2011       North Carolina                         Wide Receivers

2012-2014       Indianapolis Colts                    Wide Receivers