New Virginia AD Carla Williams taking football-first approach |

Interesting story on what’s going on at the University of Virginia and the hiring of new athletic director, Carla Williams. The article highlights her sentiments regarding “structural issues” within the football program, the immediate need to hire more support staff to “allow the coaches to do more coaching”, and the new football operations building.

Carla Williams wasted no time getting to work as Virginia’s athletic director.

She wanted a tour of the school’s athletic facilities, she told her staff on the first day. But first, there was a two-hour meeting with football coach Bronco Mendenhall that made it clear the task ahead was bigger than Williams knew.

“It didn’t take very long for me to start to realize that we’ve got a structural problem in football,” Williams said of the Dec. 11 meeting, during which she and Mendenhall talked about the program “from top to bottom.”

Action, Williams determined, was needed immediately.

In the weeks that followed, Williams worked with the Virginia Athletics Foundation, the fundraising arm for athletics, on putting together a “short-term emergency fund” that allowed Mendenhall to expand his football training staff from three to five athletic trainers and to hire three more analysts whose study of practice and recruit video allows coaches to do more coaching.

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