Will Friend was named offensive line coach at the University of Georgia in February, 2011, after serving four years in the same capacity at UAB. In his first year at UGA, he helped coach an offense that finished fourth in the SEC in scoring offense, third in total offense, and second in passing offense. The 2012 offense finished third in the SEC in scoring (37.8) and total offense (467.6). He also coached three 2012 NFL draft choices - OT Cordy Glenn (2nd), C Ben Jones (4th), and OT Justin Anderson (7th).
Friend, a former All-Southeastern Conference performer at Alabama, served under UAB head coach Neil Callaway, former offensive coordinator at UGA, and UAB offensive coordinator Kim Helton, former head coach at the University of Houston (1993-99) and offensive coordinator at the University of Miami (1979-82). UAB's average offensive output per game in 2009 and 2010 represents two of the top three season marks in Blazers' history. The UAB offense registered 5,074 yards last season, the second-highest single-season total ever for the Blazers. Quarterback Joe Webb was named the Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Year following the 2009 season after he became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in back to back seasons
The Blazers finished the 2010 campaign ranked No. 24 nationally in total offense (422.8 yards per game) and were 24th in passing offense (267.0). In 2009, UAB's rushing average of 229.9 yards per game was the highest mark for the Blazers in school history and ranked No. 7 in the nation. Their total offense average of 425.9 yards represents the second-highest average per game since the program was formed in 1991 and ranked 22nd in the country. UAB also ranked No. 15 in the country last season in sacks allowed, yielding only 12 in 12 games.
Friend came to UAB after spending two years at Gardner-Webb (2005-06) as the Bulldogs' offensive line coach. He had also spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Georgia (2003-04) working with Callaway on the offensive line. In his first season at Gardner-Webb, the Bulldog offense ranked No. 10 nationally in total offense as Friend saw three of his linemen earn All-Big South Conference honors. He also spent a year at Tuscaloosa Central High School (2002) and was the offensive line coach at West Alabama in 2001.
As a player, Friend twice earned All-SEC honors at Alabama when Callaway was a member of the Crimson Tide coaching staff. He was a four-year starter at guard for the Crimson Tide, helping Alabama to the SEC Western Division title and berths in the SEC Championship Game in 1993, 1994 and 1996 -- with appearances in the Gator Bowl, Citrus Bowl (1996) and Outback Bowl (1997). Friend was named to Alabama's Team of the Decade for the 1990s.
A highly-recruited lineman out of high school, Friend was a Parade Magazine All-America selection as a senior at Neshoba Central High in Philadelphia, Miss. He earned his B.S. degree in human performance from Alabama in 1998. Friend is married to the former Carrie Moon of Pleasant Grove, Ala. They have three children: Katie (born 8/30/04), Brooks (born 4/1/10) and Charles William Jr. (born 6/17/13).