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A dominate defensive lineman, Renard Williams starred at South Kitsap and won a national championship with Eastern Washington University in 2010

NOTE: This is part of a series of biographies about inductees to the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s 2019 Kitsap County Sports Hall of Fame. The HOF Banquet is Saturday, Jan. 25 at Kiana Lodge. A social hour begins at noon with lunch at 1 p.m. and induction at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at kitsapathleticroundtable.org.

A 2007 South Kitsap High School graduate, Renard Williams was a dominate defensive linemen and a State title winning track and field athlete before starring in football at Eastern Washington University.  Williams helped lead the Eagles to the FCS National Championship in 2010 during his junior season. As a first-team All American at defensive tackle, Renard’s production on the field – 54 tackles and 6.5 sacks – during his junior season led him to be a projected NFL draft pick in the third or fourth round. 

Renard Wiliams starred at defensive end for the Eastern Washington Eagles when the NCAA FCS team won a national championship in 2010. (Courtesy/SpokesmanReview.com)

Williams opted to return to Eastern for his senior season.  The team didn’t experience the same success that season as he dealt with a high ankle sprain that plagued him in the second half of the season.  Renard received an honorable mention by Beyond Sports College Network, College Sports Journal and was an All-Big Sky Conference Second Team nominee.  Williams also earned free-agent tryouts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and Calgary of the Canadian Football League.

Williams has returned to coaching part time, mentoring and leading throwers on the SKHS Track and Field team. Williams is married to his longtime girlfriend, Ashley.  The couple are going on 12 years and have one son together Renard Williams Jr.  Renard works as a full time Marine Machinery Mechanic at TRF for shop 38C and is a self-employed photographer.

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