new athletic director at nebraska christian college
Coach Willie Williams began his coaching career at Papillion-La Vista South high school as a Varsity Assistant Coach under his former high school coach, Joel Hueser. This coaching staff guided the team to a second seed in districts and numerous team and individual records. Coach Williams was then named as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach of Grace University for Fall 2011 and led the team to a 19-13 record in his first full season, a Regional Championship, Regional Coach of the Year, and a spot in the National Tournament. Coach Williams received three consecutive NCCAA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year honors and directed Grace to three consecutive NCCAA Division II Regional Championships and three consecutive NCCAA Division II National Tournaments (2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14). In his five full seasons at Grace, his conference record is 41-15 and his overall collegiate coaching record is 82.77. During this time he had numerous All-Americans and All-Region players along with a number of Scholar-Athletes.
Coach Williams began his collegiate career at Nebraska Christian College where he earned his Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies and played for the Parsons from 2004-2006. At NCC, he earned first team All-Conference, second team All-Region, and team Most Valuable Player honors. Williams transferred to Grace University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Teacher Education-Secondary History and Coaching and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He played for the Royals under Coach Thad Mott and served as team captain, received the Total Release Award, and helped lead the Royals to a Regional Championship and their first NCCAA Division II National Championship in 2008.
Williams also has earned a Master of Science in Education-Curriculum and Instruction from Peru State College in 2011, and a Master of Arts in Human Performance and Physical Education from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, in 2013.
Williams started out as an Athletic Recruiter in which he brought in a record number of 82 new students in Fall of 2013. He also served as an athletic administrator in the role of Assistant Athletic Director at Grace University for three years. He then was named the Interim Athletic Director in which he played an integral role in adding Women’s Soccer, Baseball, and two JV Programs to the Athletic Department as well as transitioning the Athletic Programs from NCCAA Division II to NCCAA Division I. After serving for a year as the Interim Athletic Director, Coach Williams was named the Athletic Director where he added the Softball Program, developed the Royal Pride (athletic booster club), and oversaw the launch of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Williams life verse is Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Passion and work ethic are the keys to what Williams looks for in his staff and in his players. He wants those that have a passion for Christ, a passion for academics, and a passion for athletics. Proverbs 14:23 states, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” He believes a disciplined work ethic is key to a Program’s success.
Coach Williams has been married to his beautiful high school sweetheart, Kendra, for over ten years. They have three boys: Tre (7), Carter (4), and Drake (19m). As a Family they enjoy ‘movie night’, getting ice cream and cruising, and being in the gym. They are part of the Calvary Christian Church family that worships at the MEC on Nebraska Christian College Campus.