Football: Former Wharton coach Mike Williams takes over at Robinson

Mike Williams, who left as coach at Wharton last week, confirmed he is taking over at Robinson. 

“I looked at college jobs but ultimately decided to stay in Tampa,” Williams said. “Things picked up with the Robinson administration quickly over the last few days and here we are. I’m looking forward to the Plant faithful hating the move, but I really think it’s a great opportunity for us to bring alums back into the program and do good things in the community.”

Williams, a former star at Plant who went on to become a first round pick with the Detroit Lions, is making his third coaching move at a Hillsborough County public school in the past four years.

He started at Middleton in 2019, then went to Wharton for the past three years, where led the Wildcats to three straight playoff appearances, including a region final berth in 2021. 

This is the first time Robinson has not promoted an assistant at the school to head coach.

Williams replaces Mario Hollingshed, who went 9-12 the last two seasons. The Knights return their leading passer (Eric Archield Jr.) and leading rusher (Allan Lewis).