Chester’s Ronell Williams Went From Linebacker to Coach for the Chicago Bears

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Chester High graduate Ronell Williams couldn’t believe it when he was asked Jan. 16 to join the Chicago Bears coaching staff, writes Joseph Santoliquito for the Philly Voice.

The 2010 grad and Division II All-American West Chester linebacker found himself at age 27 the Bears’ new defensive quality control coach.

Williams was a standout linebacker at Chester, recruited by Villanova and Temple, before settling on West Chester, where he became the first sophomore and third defensive player in school history to earn first-team All-America honors by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 2012.

In 2016, he was volunteer linebacker coach for Widener under defensive coordinator Bill Shuey, a former Eagles’ linebacker coach who coached and developed Williams at West Chester.

Before that, Williams was working two jobs between Elwyn and Glen Mills. On his days off, he would volunteer coach at Widener.

“I didn’t know I had a passion for coaching until then,” said Williams. Coach Shuey stirred a passion in him for coaching.

“You start to become as connected to preparing for the game as much as you love playing in the game. You know where the ball is going and that felt good.”

Read more about Ronell Williams here.

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