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Yale officially tabs Williams as school's first black football coach

New Haven, CT (Sports Network) - Yale University named Jacksonville Jaguars defensive assistant Tom Williams as the Bulldogs' 33rd head football coach on Wednesday.

The historic hiring makes Williams the program's first African American head football coach and just the second in Ivy League history.

"I am thrilled for this tremendous opportunity to be the head football coach at such a historic and fabled institution," Williams said. "I would like to thank president Levin, [athletic director] Tom Beckett and all of the people involved in this process for their time and efforts. I am dedicated to bringing an exciting brand of football that the Yale players and fan base will both embrace and enjoy."

Williams, 38, has spent the past two seasons with the Jaguars defense and has also been an assistant coach at Hawaii, Washington, Stanford and San Jose State.

Williams, a Stanford alum, replaces Jack Siedlecki, who retired in November after 12 seasons to become an assistant athletic director at Yale. Siedlecki posted a record of 70-47 at the school, including 47-37 in the Ivy League. He led the Bulldogs to a share of the conference title in 1999 and 2006, but was just 4-8 against Harvard and had lost seven of the past eight games with the Crimson.

Yale went 6-4 this season, including 4-3 in the conference and a 10-0 loss to Harvard in November.

01/07 16:01:49 ET