By Thayer Evans
January 03, 2015

Western Kentucky running backs coach Greg Nord and Oakland Raiders defensive line coach Terrell Williams are joining the staff of new Florida head coach Jim McElwain, according to a source.

Nord will oversee tight ends and special teams for the Gators, while Williams will handle the defensive line.

The 58-year-old Nord brings invaluable experience having been a college assistant for 35 years. He has primarily coached running backs, but also worked with tight ends and special teams. He got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant in 1979 after his playing days ended at Kentucky and spent the next 11 years at his alma matter.

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He then had stops at East Carolina, Georgia Tech, a 15-year run at Louisville, and coached a season at Illinois in 2010 before returning to Kentucky for two years. He was out of coaching in 2013 before he landed at Western Kentucky this season and worked with McElwain at Louisville from 2000-02.

The 40-year-old Williams has spent the last three seasons coaching the defensive line for the Raiders and before that oversaw the same position at Texas A&M for two seasons. He’s a highly regarded recruiter who among others coached future NFL players Cliff Avril, Ryan Kerrigan and Anthony Spencer while at Purdue from 2006-09.

Williams also coached defensive at Akron (2004-05), Youngstown State (2002-03), North Carolina A&T (1999-01) and Fort Scott Community College (1998). The Los Angeles native played nose tackle at East Carolina from 1995-96.

McElwain was hired last month from Colorado State, where he had a 22-16 record in three years, including a 10-2 mark this season. He replaced Will Muschamp, who had a 28-21 record in four seasons with the Gators.

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