Marc Narducci: His dad is staying with Eagles, so star quarterback will stay with Timber Creek

Dan Williams showed poise during his father's uncertain situation following Reid's firing. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff
Dan Williams showed poise during his father's uncertain situation following Reid's firing. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff
Posted: February 17, 2013

Timber Creek junior quarterback Dan Williams showed unusual poise in the pocket last season, able to stay calm during frenzied action.

Yet he demonstrated his true poise last month when he handled a difficult situation as a professional would.

Williams is the son of Eagles assistant coach Ted Williams. The elder Williams had just completed his 18th season with the team when head coach Andy Reid was fired.

In the uncertain world of coaching, nobody, including Dan Williams and his father, knew what was next.

The son was besieged with questions until the Eagles announced that Ted Williams would be retained by new coach Chip Kelly, changing from coach of the running backs coach to coach of the tight ends.

So Ted Williams will coach a 19th season for the Eagles, the longest coaching tenure in team history.

In the days when Ted Williams didn't know where he would end up, there was some apprehension, not only for him but also for his family.

The elder Williams was proud of the way his son handled things.

"I give him all the credit because he handled it probably as well as any 16-year-old can do," Ted Williams said. "When people kept asking what is your father going to do, he never once wilted."

The younger Williams simply gave a truthful answer: "I don't know."

Dan Williams obviously was hoping his father would stay and thus he could stay at Timber Creek for his senior season. Yet as the questions kept being asked, he didn't get flustered, sort of like standing tall in the face of a massive pass rush.

"I didn't know what would happen, so I kept my cool as much as possible," Dan Williams said. "I wanted to be there if my dad or my mom [Theresa] needed me."

There is no doubt he was there when his team needed him. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder began the season low on the depth chart and ended up as a starter who played a huge role in helping the Chargers win the South Jersey Group 4 title.

Williams completed 97 of 130 passes for 1,360 yards and 13 touchdowns, with just three interceptions.

"He went through some tough times being the third-string quarterback, but his confidence stayed strong and he continued to work and exhibit to the coaches he was willing to work no matter what it took," Ted Williams said.

Dan Williams is also a standout baseball player, a pitcher-third baseman who was all-conference as a sophomore.

He didn't begin playing organized football until the eighth grade. He said his parents didn't want him playing until he was older.

Once he did, Williams was hooked on the game.

And even though Williams began low on the depth chart this past season, his work ethic made a deep impression on the staff.

"Danny kept pushing and kept getting better and studied so much film and really got a good grasp of what we were doing," Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson said. "Nobody will outwork him."

Now that he knows he will remain at Timber Creek, Williams, naturally, couldn't be happier.

"I love my dad and he always has given me very good confidence in myself, and I am happy to be able to stay here," Dan Williams said. "He's had a job with the Eagles my entire life, and it's been a great team and I have loved every moment."

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