Former Illini Juice Williams Joins Beckman's Staff

Juice Williams led Illinois to the 2008 Rose Bowl.
Juice Williams led Illinois to the 2008 Rose Bowl.

March 17, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday that former Illini quarterback Isiah "Juice" Williams is joining his staff as director of alumni and former player relations. Williams broke Illinois records for career and single-season total offense, career starts by a quarterback and career and single-season rushing yards by a quarterback while leading the Fighting Illini to the 2008 Rose Bowl.

"We are extremely excited to bring Juice Williams back to the Fighting Illini football family in Champaign," Beckman said. "Obviously, Juice's record as a very special player here at Illinois speaks for itself, but he will now be in a position to help continue moving this program forward in his role with our alumni and on-campus recruiting. Juice gained an immense amount of respect from his teammates and former players, and still has terrific relationships with high school coaches in the Chicago area."

In his new position, Williams will manage all alumni and former player relations and functions, assist with on-campus recruiting, help coordinate the annual Illinois high school coaching clinic and maintain relationships with Block I, fraternities and sororities.

"To me, the most essential aspect to every college football program is recruiting, and building relationships with alumni and former players is a huge part of that," Williams said. "I feel like I can use some of the things I was able to do as a player at Illinois to continue to build on what Coach Beckman and his staff have already started doing with alumni relations. When the position came open, it really appealed to me because I feel like I can build and cultivate relationships both in Chicago and other parts of the country."

A Chicago native, Williams ranked fifth on the Big Ten career total offense list with 10,594 yards upon his graduation, helping Illinois lead the Big Ten in rushing in 2006 and 2007, and in passing in 2008. He engineered an Illini offense that broke school records for total offense and rushing offense in 2007, and led the Orange and Blue to a monumental 28-21 victory at No. 1 Ohio State on the way to the Rose Bowl that season. He finished his career third in passing yards in school history with 8,037 and ranked sixth in career rushing yards (2,557), becoming the first non-running back in school history to surpass 2,000 yards on the ground. An honorable mention Freshman All-American by Sporting News in 2006 and a three-time All-Big Ten selection, Williams' 56 career touchdown passes rank second in Illini history.

After college, Williams worked as an intern in the Illinois I Fund office, helping plan events and reunions, and networking with current and potential I Fund members. He also worked as a researcher for 20-20 Foresight Executive Search, as a management trainee with the marketing and public relations firm Alpaytac, and as the manager of the United States military's account with CDW Government.