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Missouri Western fires graduate Matt Williamson after six seasons

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Missouri Western Griffons have fired their head football coach Matt Williamson. He had been with the team for six seasons.

Williamson was 31-28 in the aforementioned six seasons. He was also 29-26 within conference play.

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“After careful evaluation, we determined that a new direction was needed to help secure the future success of the program,” Director of Athletics Andrew Carter said. “We appreciate the service, commitment, and dedication that Matt, his family, and coaching staff have given to Missouri Western.”

A national search for their next head football coach has begun immediately.

He was let go one day after the regular season concluded. Williamson guided the Griffons to a 41-0 win on Senior Day on November 12th over the Lincoln Blue Tigers.

This gave the Griffons a 5-6 record. The team was also 5-6 in conference play.

This has got to be a tough day for Williamson. Not only has he been fired but he was coaching his alma mater.

He played college football at the school. Then served as a graduate assistant in 1997 and 1998.

Williamson returned in 2000 as an assistant coach. He was the team’s defensive line coach and special teams coordinator from 2000 through 2004.

After five seasons, Williamson was promoted to the team’s defensive coordinator. He spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons in that role.

He then coached with the Central Arkansas Bears and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks from 2007 through 2016. Williamson returned to Missouri Western in 2017 as their head coach.

Now, Williamson will seek employment elsewhere as his alma mater seeks new leadership for its football program.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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