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RMU - Fri, Jun. 2, 2017

CHICAGO – Robert Morris University Illinois Executive Vice President Nicole Cafillio has announced the appointment of Jared Williamson as Director of Athletics.  Williamson, who came to RMU in 2010 as Head Football Coach and has been Associate Director of Athletics since 2014, replaces Megan Smith Eggert, who had been in the role since 2007.

"I would like to thank President Mablene Krueger and Executive Vice President Nicole Cafillio for this opportunity," said Williamson.  "I also would like to thank Chancellor Michael Viollt and Megan Smith for allowing me to join the RMU family seven short years ago. I look forward to serving the university in this role with the same passion, emotion, enthusiasm, and optimism that I had in 2010 when I became the head football coach."

Williamson came to RMU in 2010 following a national search to appoint the first head football coach in the school's history with Williamson leading the Eagles to a 4-4 record in their first season of competition in 2011.  Under Williamson's direction, the RMU Football program has never had a losing season and in 2016 the Eagles won their first Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Midwest League championship, advancing to the NAIA Football Championship Series for the first time in program history and netting Williamson MSFA Midwest Coach of the Year honors. This was his second Coach of the Year award after earning NAIA Independent Coach of the Year following the Eagles' 2012 campaign.  During the 2016 season, RMU led the MSFA Midwest with 19 All-League performers, including Offensive Player of the Year running back Korey Rogers (SR/Chicago, Ill.) and Defensive Player of the Year linebacker Dontaye Johnson (SR/Germantown, Md.).  The Eagles finished the 2016 season ranked 15th in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll, marking the sixth year in a row that RMU has been ranked in the top 25.

Over his six seasons at the helm, the RMU Football program has grown from 90 players to over 150 players and the Eagles have been successful when facing top competition, posting nine wins versus top 25 teams, including three victories over top five ranked teams.  The Eagles have also totaled a number of postseason accolades, including 55 All-Conference selections and three NAIA/AFCA All-American award winners during Williamson's tenure.

In the classroom, the Eagles' Football student-athletes have shown tremendous growth with 45 Academic All-Conference selections, 14 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, and nine CoSIDA Academic All-American award winners, including the 2013 Capital One CoSIDA College Division Academic All-American of the Year being awarded to running back Lamont Wims.  The 2015 RMU Football team was named a NAIA Scholar Team with the entire roster compiling a cumulative GPA greater than 3.0.

"I wouldn't have accepted this position if I didn't have the best football staff in the country," added Wlliamson.  "I'm confident that our football program will keep moving forward and continue to pursue the same goals we have striven to achieve in the classroom and on the field from day one."

Williamson has served as Associate Director of Athletics at RMU since 2014 and he was the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach at Illinois Wesleyan University prior to his time at RMU.  While at Illinois Wesleyan, he helped lead the Titans to a CCIW Championship and NCAA Division III playoff berth, finishing the year rated ninth in the NCAA Division III Coaches' Poll.  Williamson graduated from Mayville State University in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and holds a master's degree in Sports Psychology from Illinois State University.

"It's a blessing to have the opportunity to work at an institution that gives student-athletes the ability to succeed academically, athletically, and socially," said Williamson.  "The experience and value that RMU provides is the reason that we have the most student-athletes in the state of Illinois, and I look forward to having a bigger role in the department's future development."

 
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