Andrea Williams Named Air Force Women's Basketball Head Coach
May 24, 2010
USAFA, Colo. - Andrea Williams has agreed to become the new women's basketball head coach at the Air Force Academy, according to an announcement today from Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh. Details of the contract are still being worked and are going through the Academy process.
"I am delighted to welcome Andrea Williams as our new women's basketball head coach," said Mueh. "Andrea brings unbridled enthusiasm, experience in one of the nation's top basketball conferences and a commitment to excellence that will give us the opportunity to bring this program to the next level."
Williams joins the Falcons after serving as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida for the past two seasons. 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 and qualify for the Patriot League Tournament both seasons.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Williams was in charge of coordinating Navy's national recruiting efforts, which resulted in two All-Patriot League first-team selections, a Patriot League All-Rookie selection, a Street & Smith honorable mention selection, two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and two Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year, 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.