EAGAN, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings announced on Wednesday the hiring of Tyler Williams as executive director of player health and performance. Williams has spent the past 15 seasons with the Rams in St. Louis and Los Angeles, serving as the team’s director of sports science/assistant athletic trainer during their Super Bowl LVI win.
“Tyler led the cutting-edge science efforts with the Rams that were a huge part of the success there,” Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell said. “He’s extremely bright and a great leader. I’m thrilled with the positive impact he will have on the Minnesota Vikings.”
Williams, who worked with O’Connell from 2020 to 2021, was named the NFC recipient of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year following the 2020 season. Longtime New York Jets assistant Tim Davey, the award is “emblematic of the commitment, dedication and high level of integrity that Davey brought to the athletic coaching profession and is representative of his level of service he devoted to his surrounding community.”
In 2015, Williams was a member of a Rams athletic coaching staff that won PFATS’ Ed Block NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year award, which is voted for by PFATS members and annually recognizes a coaching staff. NFL athlete for distinguished service. club, community and the sport coaching profession.
Along with his involvement in PFATS and serving as Director of Internal Education since 2017, Williams is the President of the PFATs Foundation. He chairs the Sports Science Task Force of the Research and Innovation Committee, is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and serves on the NFL Musculoskeletal Community Lower Extremity Task Force.
Prior to joining the Rams in 2007, Williams was an assistant track and field coach at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri, from 2006 to 2007. Williams has a master’s degree from the University of California, Pennsylvania, earning a performance improvement specialist certification. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science, emphasizing athletic training at Truman State University.
The Vikings have also hired Grant Udinski (U-din-skee) as assistant head coach/special projects. Udinski, who will assist O’Connell in day-to-day coaching operations across the organization and lead efforts on special projects, joins the Vikings after spending the past two seasons with the Carolina Panthers as an assistant coach. ‘coaching.