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Head Coach Chris Williams To Return For Seventh Season

September 9, 2009 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - West Texas Roughnecks News Release

In addition to front office announcements, the Odessa Roughnecks have also announced that Chris Williams has been re-signed to return as Head Coach of the Odessa Roughnecks for the 2010 season. Williams will be entering his seventh season as Head Coach of the Roughnecks following the 2009 season (3-11) as part of the Indoor Football League.

During his esteemed coaching career with the Odessa Roughnecks, Coach Williams has led Odessa to a rare undefeated regular season in 2005 and an IFL (Intense) Championship in 2006. Williams holds a 46-33 regular season record (51- 37 overall) during his time in Odessa. Williams also serves as Offensive Coordinator of the Roughnecks in which he has developed a productive offensive system that has averaged 50 plus points a game during his coaching tenure. He has twice led Odessa to record setting offensive performances. A 90-40 win over San Angelo in 2004, and a 97-56 victory over Corpus Christi in the 2006 Intense Bowl both set IFL scoring records.

"It has been an incredible experience to have been the Head Coach of the Odessa Roughnecks for six seasons and I am certainly looking forward to number seven. I believe that with the changes and adjustments we will make following this past season, I can help lead the Roughnecks back to another championship." stated Williams.

The Mobile, Alabama native began his coaching career with the Birmingham Steeldogs and shortly after, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers of the AF2. Williams has not only built a long track record for winning in indoor football, but for moving players up the higher ranks of professional football.

Coach Williams efforts in recruiting top prospects for the Roughnecks and promoting his players in the off-season have made him one of the most notable developers of young talent in the game. Additionally, Williams is the all-time leader of coaching victories in the former Intense Football League.


The Odessa Roughnecks additionally announced that athlete, Steven Kennedy, has been re-signed for the 2010 season. Kennedy (6'3", 270 lbs.) will be entering his third season with the Roughnecks and Head Coach Chris Williams would like to see Kennedy make the transition from defensive line to the offense.

"Steven is a very special athlete and we list him as an athlete because of all the positions he can play. However, we would like to see Steven make a transition to the offense so that we can use him as an H-back. Steven had a tough break last season with a knee injury but we expect many great things to come from him in 2010." stated Odessa Roughnecks Head Coach, Chris Williams.

Kennedy held his first season with Odessa in 2008 where he played in six games, recording seven tackles and a 0.5 sack. That same season Kennedy saw playing time at defensive end, fullback and linebacker. In 2009, Kennedy earned a spot on the first string defensive line for the Roughnecks, but an injury to his right knee in Week One of the IFL regular season against the Abilene Ruff Riders sidelined Kennedy for the rest of the season.

"Steven has the potential to be a difference-maker on this team. I'm excited to have him back for another season." stated Williams. Kennedy played his college ball at Lindenwood.

For further information regarding these topics please contact the Odessa Roughnecks Front Office at (432) 332 - PASS (7277) or by visiting the official website of the Odessa Roughnecks at

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