Matt made the 1,613-mile trek west to Texas, where he joined the professional team and youth side of El Paso Locomotive FC. Like many coaches, Williams’ passion for teaching the game came from his time playing the game. His collegiate career saw him begin his journey at the University of North Florida and wrap up his eligibility at University of West Florida in Pensacola. He knew he had another level of playing within him and had stints in the USL in Maryland and in New Zealand where he wore the black and yellow of Team Wellington.
He caught the bug and the world of coaching full-time opened in front of him. Not many people are fortunate to find something they love and turn it into a career but talking with Williams you can see the passion that rings throughout the Locomotive camp. “It’s all process oriented. Focus on the process and everything else will follow. As I coach, that’s what I have really worked on myself. Getting organized and making sure that I’m doing the best I can. Always reflecting and seeing how I can improve,” states Williams who would go on to receive his US Soccer ‘A’ License – one of the top coaching licenses in this country. Williams’ role with the Locomotive pro team is that of assistant coach with a focus on video analysis for players during training and matches. In El Paso he is also returning to his Jacksonville roots and playing a key role in the youth development aspect; already assisting with all aspects of developing the Locomotive FC Youth Soccer Club and the Locomotive U-17 Select Squad.
Getting his feet wet with the Jacksonville Armada FC Youth Academy system, Williams is prepared to make his impact felt on the senior and youth coaching unit in El Paso immediately.