June 4, 2013

Williamson promoted to lead King cross country, track & field

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Athletic Director David Hicks announced Amanda Williamson ’10 as the new cross country and track and field head coach. Williamson was a standout athlete at King and an assistant coach for the past three seasons.

Williamson graduated Magna Cum-Laude from King in 2010 with a degree in Psychology, where she competed as a member of the Tornado track and field team from 2006-10. As a student-athlete, she was a three-time NCCAA National Champion in the 400 meters. In 2009 she set the school record in the event while earning NAIA All-American honors.

 “I am fortunate to have this opportunity to be the head coach of track and field and cross country at my alma mater,” Williamson said. “Being a student-athlete, then an assistant coach, I have watched this program progress and become one of the most successful programs at King.”

She started out as a volunteer assistant coach in the fall after she graduated in 2010, and was brought on full-time in the spring of 2011. During her time as an assistant coach, Williamson mainly coached the sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.

“Over the past three years, the expectations of the cross country and track and field programs have been set high,” said Williamson. “As the new head coach I want to meet these expectations of being top in our conference and putting King on the national map.”

During the past year, Williamson helped guide the Tornado cross country and track and field programs to new heights. The women’s cross country and track and field teams all won Conference Carolinas championships while the men’s cross country earned their first Conference Carolinas title and advanced to the NCAA National Championship Meet for the first time in school history.

“It's is an honor to be giving this opportunity to lead these two teams,” added Williamson. “I greatly look forward to the seasons ahead of us, and to see our teams continue to be successful both in the classroom and on the track.”

Earlier this spring, Williamson was named USTFCCCA Southeast Assistant Coach of the Year for indoor track and field. For the past three years, she was an assistant coach under coach Peter Dalton who took a position at Lipscomb University earlier this spring. During this time, she coached 37 All-Conference Carolinas performers.

“Amanda has been a champion throughout her career at King, first as a student-athlete, and then as a vital member of our coaching staff that has won four conference championships and made three NCAA Championship appearances,” Hicks said. “She is the perfect person to lead our already successful track and field and cross country programs to new levels of success.”