Ricky Williams wants to return to football.
Williams, who won a Heisman Trophy as a University of Texas running back, is expected to join the staff at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio as an assistant coach for running backs, provided he clears the school’s hiring guidelines.
“Ricky reached out to me about getting into coaching,” Coach Larry Kennan said in a statement on the school’s website. “We have an opening and he is looking to get into coaching so I think it is a good fit. His experience will be a big help to our staff and players and I think he will have a positive effect on our recruiting efforts.”
UIW is moving up to Division I as an independent this year and will compete in the Southland Conference in 2014. Williams, 36, retired from the NFL after the 2011 season. Williams may have marched to a different drummer in the NFL (his career was marked by a short retirement and suspensions) but he rushed for 10,009 yards and 66 touchdowns. He played for the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens. He has studied holistic healing and told the New York Times in 2009 that he inaccurately became “the poster child for marijuana” because of social anxiety disorder.
“We knew that the move to Division I would increase the talent pool of candidates for staffing positions as they came available,” Athletic Director Mark Papich said. “When Coach Kennan approached me regarding Ricky as a potential addition to our staff it reinforced what we already believed to be true. The potential to bring someone with the athletic experience of Ricky Williams to work with our student-athletes will enhance their exposure to elite level football.”