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Syracuse football: Nick Williams, Robert Wright officially hired as defensive assistants

Meet two coaches of the FRANchise defense:

NCAA Football: Western Michigan at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 Syracuse Orange coaching staff is coming together as the program officially announced a pair of hires this week.

First was Nick Williams, who will join Elijah Robinson‘s side of the ball as the edge coach. The pair worked together at Texas A&M before Williams left for Colorado to coach their defensive line.

“It was a dream of mine to work with Elijah Robinson, and Fran Brown was someone that people compared me to, and I had heard nothing but great things about before I had the chance to meet him,” Williams said in a press release. “I’m extremely passionate and joining those two who have the same passion as me was the reason for me coming here. I can’t wait to work with them and learn from them. I would have followed them anywhere in the country if they gave me the opportunity.”

Williams has worked with top defenses in Boulder, College Station, and Athens over his coaching career.

Robinson will also have some help from Robert Wright, most recently the defensive coordinator at Buffalo. He and Robinson were on the same Aggies staff in 2019-2020.

Wright will become the co-DC alongside Robinson here at SU - a good move considering this is Elijah’s first time in the role - and will also manage the linebacker corps.

“Robert Wright is up-and-coming and really, really intelligent,” Brown said. “He’s the co-DC here because he’s done a good job at Buffalo and Texas A&M. Everyone speaks really highly of him. He understands the back end, he understands the front end and he can visualize things and see problems before they even happen. I’m excited to work with him and so are our players and staff.”

Wright’s Buffalo defense allowed the 18th-fewest passing yards per game (187.2) among all FBS teams.

We’ll keep letting you know as more members of Coach Fran’s staff are finalized. We suspect more announcements will be made early next week as the NFL regular season concludes.