Matt Williamson became the sixth head football coach in Missouri Western history in December of 2016.
Williamson is a 1996 Missouri Western graduate who is very familiar with Griffon Football and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). He began his coaching career at Missouri Western in 1997 as a graduate assistant and returned to his alma mater in 2000 as a defensive line coach before becoming defensive coordinator in 2005, a position he held for two seasons. Since leaving Missouri Western, Williamson spent 10 seasons at the Division I level, most recently serving as defensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin University.
In three seasons as defensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin, Williamson had the Lumberjack defense among the top of the Southland Conference in rushing and scoring defense. In his first year at SFA, Williamson guided a turnaround of the defensive unit, giving up 21 fewer points per game and 120 fewer yards per game than the 2013 SFA defense.
Prior to his stint at Stephen F. Austin, Williamson was defensive coordinator at the University of Central Arkansas during the 2010-13 seasons after serving as defensive line coach and special teams coordinator for three seasons. Williamson’s UCA defenses led the Southland Conference in scoring defense three-straight seasons.
After serving two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at MWSU, Williamson spent one season as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas-Monticello.
The three-time All-MIAA defensive lineman was named honorable mention Don Hansen All-American for the Griffons in 1995.
Williamson and his wife, Andrea, have two sons, Zach and Brock.
THE WILLIAMSON FILE
Missouri Western: Head Coach
Stephen F. Austin: Defensive Coordinator (2014-16)
Central Arkansas: Defensive Coordinator (2010-13)
Central Arkansas: Defensive Line/Special Teams Coord. (2007-09)
Missouri Western: Defensive Coordinator (2005-06)
Missouri Western: Defensive Line/Special Teams Coord. (2000-04)
Arkansas-Monticello: Defensive Line/Recruiting Coord. (1999)
Missouri Western: Graduate Assistant (1997-98)