Newberry College head football coach Todd Knight has announced changes to his coaching staff as the Wolves prepare for the 2011 season in their spring practice sessions.
Joining the football staff are running backs coach Bennett Swygert and offensive line coach Cedric Williams.
Also, with the departure of offensive coordinator Todd Varn to Presbyterian College, his duties will be reassigned within the current staff. Long-time wide receivers coach and Newberry alumnus Ike Allred will serve as the passing game coordinator, while quarterbacks coach Zach Ellis will serve as the running game coordinator. Ellis, an all-SAC quarterback at Presbyterian College in 2005, switches from running backs coach to quarterbacks coach for the 2011 campaign.
Bennett Swygert comes to Newberry after serving as the quarterbacks coach at Fort Dorchester HS in North Charleston, S.C., since January 2007. The Patriots were the conference co-champions in 2010 and coached a Rivals Top 100 quarterback. He also coached a North/South all-star quarterback in 2008. Swygert was on the Summerville HS state championship team in 1998 and was an all-state, All-American and Shrine Bowl quarterback in 2000. He was the starting quarterback at Western Carolina in 2004 and 2006 and was named to the Lowcountry all-decade team by the Charleston Post and Courier in 2009. Swygert is the son of Newberry alumnus and current defensive volunteer assistant Dennis Swygert.
Cedric Williams comes to Newberry after one season as the offensive line coach at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss. The Delta Devils allowed 58 sacks in the year prior to Williams’ arrival and allowed only 24 sacks in the 2010 season, one of the biggest turnarounds in Division I-FCS history. In 2009, Williams was the offensive line coach at Tennessee State University.
An alumnus of the University of South Carolina, Williams also coached the Gamecocks from 2006-08 and helped guide them to the 2006 Liberty Bowl and 2008 Outback Bowl. Before working in the football capacity at South Carolina, he served as an activity therapist for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. His duties included mentoring and designing athletic programs.
Williams was a first-team all-SEC performer for the Gamecocks in 2000. He was a starter on the offensive line from 1999-2002 and helped his team to two Outback Bowl wins (2000 and 2001). He was named a Preseason All-American and all-SEC in 2001.
Williams, a native of Charleston, S.C., graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Sports and Entertainment Management in 2003.