June 22, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After three seasons with the Ohio State women’s swimming program, Stefanie Williams has been promoted to associate head coach, OSU head coach Bill Dorenkott announced today. A four-time NCAA national champion and 24-time All-American, she originally joined the Buckeyes in June, 2008, as an assistant coach.
As intense as a teacher as she was as a competitor, her coaching skills and team presence have helped Ohio State earn its highest finish in 17 years, placing third at this year’s Big Ten championships, after a fifth-place finish in 2010.
“I’m ecstatic to be promoted to Associate Head Coach,” says Williams. “It has been an honor to work alongside Bill and I have learned so much in the short three years of working together. He is a great coach, but even better person.”
“I love Columbus and couldn’t think of any place I would rather be. I’m excited about the direction of our program and am looking forward to what the future holds for Ohio State Swimming.”
“I’m thankful every day I get to work and inspire our student-athletes, not only in the pool, but out of the pool. I have had amazing coaches throughout my career; if I can be half the coach to our athletes as my coaches were to me, then our athletes will do just fine.”
Williams, a 2003 Georgia graduate with a degree in sports communications, came to Ohio State after serving three seasons as the assistant men’s and women’s swimming coach at Missouri. She assisted in all aspects of the program, from training the men and women sprinters and implementing dry-land training and season training plans to administering to travel and the budget, and assisting in all aspects of recruiting. Williams’ first coaching position was at Bloomsburg University, where she was an assistant coach during the 2004 season.
“Stefanie Williams is a rising star in the coaching world,” says Dorenkott. “We are fortunate to call her a Buckeye.
“Stef has the unique ability to make those around her better simply by being herself. She has a passion to grow as a professional, which has served her well. It is not a coincidence that the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving program has made giant strides in the three years since Stef’s arrival. Her promotion to Associate Head Coach is both earned and deserved.”
A native of Bloomsburg, Pa., Williams was a dominant freestyle performer at Georgia. She held the Georgia school record in the 200-yard freestyle and she was a two-time Southeastern Conference champion in the event. She was NCAA runner-up in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events at the 2002 NCAA championships. In 2002 she became the first female at Georgia to be honored with the school’s Sportsman of the Year Award.
In addition to earning 24 All-America honors, Williams swam on four national championship relay squads and was a team captain as a senior. Georgia not only won three NCAA titles (1999, 2000 and 2001), but won three SEC crowns and was both NCAA and SEC runner-up the years it didn’t win the respective conference and national titles.
Williams, who was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll two times, competed at both the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic swimming trials, and was the American recordholder in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. She won three silver medals in international competition: at the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2001 World Championships and 2003 World University Games.