ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The interim tag of Concordia head football coach Ryan Williams has been lifted, as announced by Director of Athletics Tom Rubbelke. Williams was named the 10th head collegiate football coach on an interim basis in July and led the Golden Bears to a 6-5 season including four wins in their last five games. He will now lead the program on a permanent basis going forward.

Rubbelke commented on the decision, "I'm excited for Coach Williams. Everything he has done for us so far has shown that he can do this job at a high level. He's a guy that can be here for many years to come."

As part of the solid finish down the stretch, the Golden Bear football program produced their second-straight winning season and have now posted winning campaigns in eight out of 13 years at the NCAA division II level and have finished .500 or better nine times in Northern Sun play.

While guiding the team to a winning season was certainly a positive for Williams, it wasn't everything for Rubbelke, who added "The way he handles himself on the field, off the field and within the campus community has been praised all season. He did a great job leading all areas of this football program, and in a short time many within the campus community went out of their way to issue positive comments on his leadership and conduct."

Williams commented, "I'm very excited and humbled to be given the opportunity to be the next head coach at Concordia. It's an honor and a privilege that I couldn't be more grateful for. I'm very thankful to our athletic director, Mr. Tom Rubbelke for giving me the opportunity to prove myself this fall and making the decision to appoint me as the permanent head coach of this football program."

Williams has been at Concordia for seven full seasons including his 2011 head coaching debut. He served as offensive coordinator for the Golden Bears from 2005 to 2010 before his first shot as a head coach.

He continued, "It gives me great excitement to know that the fellow staff members around me in our football program are just as much a part of this result as I was. I'm very confident and excited to know that we have a bright future together if we continue to do the things we set out to do."

The Golden Bears were aided by a solid core of 17 seniors that had key roles throughout the lineup. The solid base was key for surviving a season that was marred by injuries and other adversity.

The fact was not lost on Williams, who added, "From the beginning of July when the interim appointment was named, our season was riddled with adversity including staff changes and also on the field with injuries and other adversity. I'm very thankful to know that our 17 seniors we just graduated from our program this past Saturday at our season-end banquet are also a very big reason this (head coaching) opportunity has unfolded the way it has.

"I would also like to thank the current team of 70 returners that continue to execute the daily plans and goals that we have in this football program to the best of their ability. Their support and our direction will work together to take this program toward every goal we want to reach."