Carr, Williams named to Troy’s coaching staff

Published 9:56 pm Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thursday was a busy day for the Trojans as they added two more coaches to their coaching staff.

The Troy Trojans stepped inside the Sun Belt Conference to hire former Louisiana-Monroe coach John Carr. The Trojans also announced that Davern Williams will be a defensive assistant.

Troy head coach Chip Lindsey will announce staff positions at a later date.

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Carr joins the Trojans after just one season with the Warhawks, where he was the recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach.

“John has been successful at every level he’s coached, and we’re excited to have him and his family at Troy,” Lindsey said. “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.”

Carr has more than 20 years of coaching football. A long-time high school coach, Carr also has coaching experience at the junior college level.

“My family and I are humbled to become part of the Troy Family,” Carr said. “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.”

Carr and the Warhawks finished the season as one of the top passing offenses in the Sun Belt Conference. Carr’s receivers averaged 247.5 yards per game, which was second most in the league. The Warhawks finished the season with a 6-6 overall record and 4-4 in the Sun Belt. It was their best finish since the 2013 season.

Coach Williams will be returning home in 2019. Williams is a former all-conference defensive lineman at Troy.

“Anytime you can bring a former player home it is a great feeling,” Lindsey said. “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.”

While at Troy, Williams earned All-Southland Conference honors in 2000 and helped lead the Trojans to a berth in the conference championship game as well as the FCS Playoffs in Troy’s final season at the FCS level.

“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” Williams said. “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.”

Williams spent last season as a defensive line coach at Chattanooga. He spent a brief time at Akron before returning to Troy.