Donte Williams
Current position
TitleInterim head coach
Biographical details
Born (1982-09-01) September 1, 1982 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California
Playing career
2002Pasadena CC
2004–2005Idaho State
2007Rio Grande Valley Dorados
2008Arkansas Twisters
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2007Los Angeles Harbor CC (CB)
2008El Camino JC (CB)
2009Mt. San Antonio JC (CB)
2010Nevada (DQC)
2011–2012Washington (GA)
2013San Jose State (CB)
2014–2015San Jose State (DB/RC)
2016Arizona (CB)
2017Nebraska (CB)
2018–2019Oregon (CB)
2020USC (PGC/CB)
2021USC (interim HC)
Head coaching record

Donte Antonio Williams (born September 1, 1982) is an American football coach who is currently the interim head coach at the University of Southern California (USC). He previously served as USC's associate head coach, and assumed interim head coaching duties on September 13, 2021 after Clay Helton was fired.[1] A coach with stints at Oregon, Nebraska, Arizona, and San Jose State, Williams has established himself as one of the nation's top college football recruiters.[2]

Williams played college football at Pasadena City College, Syracuse, and Idaho State before playing professionally in afl.

Coaching career

Early career

Williams began his coaching career in 2007 at Los Angeles Harbor College as their cornerbacks coach. He then went to serve in the same position at El Camino College in 2008. In 2009, Williams joined Mt. San Antonio College as their cornerbacks coach.


In 2010, Williams was hired as a defensive quality control coach at the University of Nevada, Reno.


In 2011, Williams joined as a graduate assistant at the University of Washington.

San Jose State

In 2013, Williams was hired to be the cornerbacks coach at San Jose State University. In 2014, he was promoted to defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator.


In 2016, Williams joined the University of Arizona as their cornerbacks coach.


In 2017, Williams was hired to be the cornerbacks coach at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


In 2018, Williams joined the University of Oregon as their cornerbacks coach under head coach Mario Cristobal.


In 2020, Williams was hired as the defensive passing game coordinator and cornerbacks coach at the University of Southern California (USC) under head coach Clay Helton. In 2021, he was promoted to assistant head coach.

On September 13, 2021, Williams was named interim head coach following the firing of head coach Clay Helton. On September 18, 2021, Williams made his head coaching debut and led the Trojans to a victory against Washington State by a score of 45–14.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
USC Trojans (Pac-12 Conference) (2021–present)
2021 USC 3–5[a] 3–4[a] [a]
USC: 3–5 3–4
Total: 3–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ a b c Williams was named interim head coach on September 13 after Clay Helton was fired.


  1. ^ "USC Athletic Director Mike Bohn Announces Change In Leadership Of The Football Program". USC Athletics. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Five things you need to know about new USC interim coach Donte Williams". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 September 2021.