Keith Willis' Coaching Career
EDUCATION: Earned a B.A. in therapeutic recreation from Northeastern in 1988.
PERSONAL DATA: Born 7/29/59 in Newark, N.J. He and his wife Maxine have two children, Jasmine and Keith, Jr. Keith played defensive tackle for Boston College (2004-06) and the Wolfpack (2008) before graduating from NC State in May of 2009. He will serve as the Wolfpack's video graduate assistant for defense in 2012 for his second season.
BOWL EXPERIENCE: At NC State - 2011 Belk Bowl, 2010 Champs Sports Bowl; 2008 Papajohns.com Bowl; At Boston College - 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl, the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, the 2004 Continental Tire Bowl, the 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, the 2002 Motor City Bowl, 2001 Music City Bowl; At Cincinnati - 2000 Motor City Bowl.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: As a coach - In 2011, defensive tackle Markus Kuhn and defensive end Brian Slay both earned All-ACC honorable mention accolades. In 2010, coached honorable mention All-ACC defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy. Helped coach the Wolfpack defense that ranked 20th nationally by forcing 28 turnovers in 2008. In 2005, the inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, BC led the ACC in rushing defense (90.8 ypg.) and finished third in the league in scoring defense (15.9 ypg.). Coached defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who was named 2005 Preseason ACC Player of the Year and was an AFCA All-America selection. At Slippery Rock, served as the school's liaison for the Minority Student-Athlete Mentoring program. In the summer of 1998, he completed an NFL internship with the Steelers. As a player - Enjoyed a 12-year career in the National Football League, spending 10 of those campaigns with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He signed as a free agent with the Steelers in 1982 and ended his career there ranked fourth in team history with 59 quarterback sacks -- trailing only L.C. Greenwood (73.5), Joe Greene (66) and Jason Gildon (62.5). His 14 sacks in 1982 and 12 sacks in 1986 are the second and third highest single-season totals in team history. Willis battled back from a neck injury that kept him sidelined for all of the 1988 season to start all 16 games in 1989, tallying 32 tackles with 6.5 sacks. His comeback efforts were recognized by his being selected as the recipient of the team's Ed Block Courage Award in 1990. Willis ended his career with the Steelers following the 1991 season and played as a reserve on the Buffalo Bills team that competed in the 1993 Super Bowl.
PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS COACHED: At NC State - DeMario Pressley, Willie Young; At Boston College - Tim Bulman, Antonio Garay, Mathias Kiwanuka; At Cincinnati - Antwan Peek.