Lions add Steven Williams as defensive assistant coach

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

The Lions filled the last remaining vacancy on their coaching staff, announcing the hiring of Steven Williams as a defensive quality control coach Tuesday.

Williams graduated from Harvard in 2008 after being a standout cornerback. His coaching career began at South Carolina in 2011, and he spent the last three years as an assistant at Penn State, working with both the offense and defense.

Williams becomes the second Lions coach with the title of defensive quality control coach. Matt Raich was hired with the same title last year, and a Lions spokesman said Raich’s titles and responsibilities haven’t changed.

Last year, Raich worked primarily with linebackers, assisting linebackers coach Bill Sheridan. Williams will most likely assist with defensive backs, but he could also help with the offense as the Lions promoted offensive quality control coach Terry Heffernan to assistant offensive line coach earlier this offseason.