Falcons snap five-game losing streak
The Falcons celebrate Senior Night versus the Aztecs.
The Falcons face the Rams in an in-state conference rivalry game.
The Falcons take on the Toreros in the final game of the Air Force Classic.
The Falcons close out their non-conference slate against the Wolverines.
The Falcons earned an 83-57 victory over the Eagles in a preseason exhibition.
Andrea Williams enters her third season as the head coach of the Air Force women's basketball program. Upon her arrival during the summer of 2010, Williams was tasked with turning around a program that had won just seven games in the previous two seasons combined.
In just two years leading the Falcons, Williams has already helped the program make great strides. In 2011-12, the Falcons posted a 6-24 overall record despite dealing with a depleted lineup. The team began the year with a road victory at Lipscomb, snapping a 43-game road losing streak, before finishing the year with three road wins. In addition, Air Force defeated New Mexico in its regular-season finale, just its second-victory ever over the Lobos.
In Williams' first year at the helm of the program, Air Force finished the 2010-11 season with a 9-22 overall record, surpassing the team's win total from the previous two seasons combined. In addition, the Falcons posted three regular-season Mountain West Conference victories, marking the team's first conference wins since 2008.
With its win over San Diego State in mid-January, Air Force was able to snap a 40-game losing streak in the Mountain West Conference. Just 10 days later, the Falcons knocked off league-leading TCU, defeating the Horned Frogs for the first time in 23 years. Air Force reached its third conference win, just one shy of a school record, with a home victory over UNLV in its highest-scoring conference game ever.
In addition, the Falcons won just their second Mountain West Conference tournament game in program history, defeating Colorado State, 66-63. It marked the first time during the MWC Championship that the ninth seed had posted a win over the fourth-seeded team.
Under Williams' leadership, Air Force has broken numerous program single-season records in the Division I era, including points scored, rebounds, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, assists and free throws made and attempted. The Falcons have also won the Mountain West Conference's "Pack the House Challenge" in back-to-back seasons, setting a new home attendance record in 2011 as 2,907 fans watched the Colorado State game on Jan. 25.
Williams arrived at the Academy from the University of South Florida, where she served as an assistant coach for two seasons (2008-10). While at USF, Williams helped lead the Bulls to a pair of WNIT appearances, including a WNIT championship during the 2008-09 campaign. The Bulls finished that year with a 27-10 overall record, including an amazing 19-2 mark in non-conference competition. In addition, USF posted an 8-8 ledger in the ultra-competitive Big East Conference before falling to national champion Connecticut in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.
Meanwhile, the Bulls returned to the postseason in 2010, earning a trip to the WNIT Tournament before ending the year with a 15-16 overall record, which included a win over nationally ranked conference rival Syracuse.
A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Williams brings a wealth of experience at all levels of the college game. Prior to joining the Bulls, she spent four seasons (2004-08) as an assistant at Jacksonville University, where she helped turn the Dolphins into a power in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Before her arrival at JU, the Dolphins had never recorded a winning season. In addition, the most wins since the program began competition during the 1999-2000 season was 13. However, during Williams' final two seasons at Jacksonville, the Dolphins recorded a cumulative record of 44-17 and a 25-7 slate in Atlantic Sun competition, while notching a school-record 23 wins in 2007-08.
Williams is also no stranger to the rigors of coaching at a service academy, as she spent two seasons (2002-04) as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the United States Naval Academy. While at Navy, Williams helped the Midshipmen compile 29 wins over the two-year period.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Williams was in charge of coordinating Navy's national recruiting efforts, which resulted in an All-Patriot League first-team selection and a Patriot League All-Rookie selection, among others. Williams also spent three seasons (1999-02) as an assistant coach at the University of Tampa. During her time there, the Spartans enjoyed three consecutive winning seasons, boasting a 55-31 ledger during that span. During the 1999-2000 season, Tampa compiled a 20-10 record, earning the Sunshine State Conference Championship and a trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Before heading to Tampa, Williams served as the head basketball coach at Waynesburg State (Pa.) for two years (1997-99). During that time, she recruited NCAA leader Christina Nicol, who ranked third in the nation in blocked shots and 25th in scoring en route to Presidents' Athletic Conference accolades. Williams also served as the head coach for cross country and softball at Waynesburg State and was a member of the ECAC South Selection Committee for NCAA Division III.
Williams began her collegiate basketball coaching career at Division II Edinboro University (Pa.) as an assistant from 1995-97. The Fighting Scots won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight during her second and final season with the program. During that year, she coached the NCAA's rebounding leader (Heather Gates) and recruited the nation's eventual No. 2 scorer (Jessica Rowe).
Williams played two seasons of basketball at Vincennes University (Ind.), followed by two seasons of basketball and one season of softball at Edinboro. She helped lead Edinboro to a pair of NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and captained the squad in her senior season (1993-94).
A 1994 graduate of Edinboro University, Williams earned her bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in health fitness. She is currently working towards her master's in education. She was also a member of the first graduation class at the Women's Coaches Academy in Bryn Mawr, Pa., in 2004 and is currently a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Black Coaches Association (BCA). In the summer of 2006, Williams was one of 11 female college coaches accepted into the Achieving Coaching Excellence Program by the BCA.
Additionally, Williams served as a co-presenter for the "How to be a Head Coach" assistant coaches' symposium at the 2011 WBCA Convention. She has also been a presenter for the WBCA's "So You Want to Be a Coach" program, as well as an ACE Program presenter and on-court demonstrator for the BCA since 2011, and is a current member of the WBCA's All-America selection committee.