Senior Bowl Coaches: Jets' Ulbrich, Titans' Terrell Williams
NEW YORK –– Jan. 23, 2024 –– The National Football League announced today the head coaches for the 2024 Reese's Senior Bowl, Jeff Ulbrich of the New York Jets and Terrell Williams of the Tennessee Titans.
“This is an opportunity for two excellent coaches, Jeff Ulbrich of the Jets and Terrell Williams of the Titans, to take the reins as head coaches in leading their staffs and top football athletes in the Senior Bowl's week-long evaluation of NFL prospects," said Troy Vincent Sr., executive vice president of football operations for the NFL. “The Senior Bowl is not only a showcase for top football student-athletes, but also a wonderful opportunity for coaches that are nominated by their NFL clubs to further develop their skills and learn from one another."
Ulbrich recently completed his third season as the Jets' defensive coordinator after joining New York as part of Robert Saleh's first staff in 2021. Ulbrich, a 10-year NFL linebacker, has 14 years of coaching experience, 11 at the NFL level.
Williams has 26 seasons of coaching experience, including 12 in the NFL. He coached the past six seasons as a member of the Titans' coaching staff, including the 2023 season as the team's assistant head coach/defensive line coach.
“The Senior Bowl is excited about having two highly respected coaches like Jeff Ulbrich and Terrell Williams lead our teams in Mobile," said Jim Nagy, executive director of the Senior Bowl. “I had a chance to observe Jeff down here at the Senior Bowl two years ago when the Jets' staff coached in the game, and he brought tons of juice to his defensive players. Jeff also has an impactful story to tell our players about being a one-year starter at Hawaii and the Senior Bowl helping him become a top-100 draft pick. I met Terrell years ago when he was defensive line coach at Purdue and always came away impressed with how he connected with his guys at practice. Over the past week, I've spoken to a number of friends in the league who have worked alongside Terrell, and they all gave him glowing recommendations. Our players are going to have a great week learning under these two men."
This is the second year the Senior Bowl is implementing a “Coach Up" format in which coordinators and assistant coaches are placed into elevated or different roles from the ones they currently hold with their respective clubs. Head coaches and general managers from all non-playoff teams and Wild Card round participants had the opportunity to nominate assistant coaches. Ulbrich and Williams were then selected by a group composed of league office executives and representatives from the General Managers Advisory Committee.
The Reese's Senior Bowl, widely regarded as the preeminent college football all-star game and the first stage in the NFL Draft process, is the longest continuously running all-star game and has taken place in Mobile, Ala., for the previous years. The 75th anniversary Senior Bowl will kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 3, from the University of South Alabama's Hancock Whitney Stadium and will be televised on NFL Network.