Possessing the talent and attitude of a national champion, Amanda Williamson brings a wealth of experience to the King University track & field and cross country programs. She enters her fifth season as the head men's and women's track & field coach and enters her third season as the head coach of men’s and women’s cross country teams. While knowledgeable in all areas of both sports, Williamson specializes in middle distance and relay events while also coaching those competing in jumps and hurdles.
As has been the custom, the King men's cross country team finished near the top at the Conference Carolinas Championships, taking third in 2016-17. At the NCAA Southeast Regional, Tanner Cook finsihed sixth, qualifying for the national meet where he finished 109th. On the women's side, King took eighth at the conference championships and were led by a third team all-conference performance rom Kaitlin Rivera.
In the spring, the Tornado women's track & field team finished fifth in the indoor conference championships and ninth outdoor while the men took fifth indoor and fourth outdoor. Vincent Okot rewrote the triple jump record book, qualifying for both the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He finished sixth in the indoor meet, becoming King's first NCAA Track & Field All-American. Okot then finished 10th at the outdoor meet.
In her first year at the helm of the cross country programs, Williamson led the Tornado to a runner-up finish on the men's side at the Conference Carolinas Championship and the women finished fifth at the same event. Tanner Cook earned All-Region from the USTFCCCA and Samantha Schreiber garnered Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year accolades while a total of six Tornado between both teams earned all-conference recognition. In the spring, the men's track and field team finished sixth at the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships and fourth at the outdoor championships while the women placed fifth during both the indoor and outdoor championships. Three Tornado garnered All-Region honors from the USTFCCCA and eight individuals garnered all-conference honors. Esther Johnson was also named Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year during the outdoor season.
The Tornado had a solid second season under Williamson in 2014-15 as the women finished second at the Mountaineer Indoor Open that featured numerous NCAA Division I teams. King then finished third at Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships with Amelia Martin earning Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year honors and Maegan Henry garnering Field Performer of the Year recognition. In the outdoor season, Henry again was named Conference Carolinas Field Most Valuable Performer while the Tornado finished fourth at the meet. On the men's side, King finished first at the Mountaineer Indoor Open, a meet that featured numerous NCAA Division I teams. King then finished fourth at the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships and fifth at the conference outdoor championships.
In her first year as head track and field coach, the Tornado women finshed second at the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships and fourth at the conference outdoor meet. On the men's side, King finished fourth at the indoor conference meet and third at the outdoor meet. Williams helped coach Eliza Parker and Maegan Henry to Conference Carolinas Performer of the Year awards during the indoor season, while Henry earned the distinction again during the outdoor season. Nine individuals won at least one conference championship in the indoor and outdoor seasons during 2013-14. Under Williamson's tutelage, Justin Newring posted NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 200 meter dash during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
As an assistant in 2012-13, Williamson helped Dalon lead the King women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field Conference Carolinas championships. Following the indoor season, Williamson was named USTFCCCA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year after helping 12 student-athletes earn All-Region honors. On the men's side, the Tornado won their first Conference Carolinas championship when they captured the indoor title. Seven members of the men's team earned all-conference and All-Region honors while the team won the Conference Carolinas Team Sportsmanship award. During the outdoor season, Jeremy Stamper was named Field Athlete of the Year on the men's side while Meagan Henry earned the same honor on the women's side. The women had five indoor individual conference champions and 20 all-conference performers with 12 earning All-Region accolades. The women also had 10 all-conference performers during the outdoor season.
She helped lead the men's cross country team to their first NCAA Division II National Championhship appearance where the Tornado placed 27th after finishing third at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Three men's cross country runners were named All-Region while Jordan Noe earned Conference Carolinas Runner of the Year honors. On the women's side, Kendra Sokol earned All-Region honors while five member were named all-conference.
Alongside Head Coach Peter Dalton, Williamson helped both the men’s and women’s track & field teams finish inside the top-3 at the 2012 Conference Carolinas Championships during their first season as a league member. She helped train the conference champion 4x100 men’s relay team that broke a Conference Champion record while helping the team to a second place finish. Earlier in the season, Jordan Noe set a school record and qualified for USA Junior Nationals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase before taking the conference championship in the event at season’s end. Twelve athletes were named to the All-Conference Team following the Championships, five to the First Team and seven to the Second Team.
With Williamson’s guidance, Shelbie Burchfield hit the NCAA qualifying mark in the women’s high jump twice in a single season and witnessed her win a conference championship in the event, along with Tia Kiett in the women’s long jump. Keitt also set a new school record in the event earlier in the 2011-12 season. Four athletes named to the First Team All-Conference Team while an additional three were placed on the Second Team.
On the cross country side, Williamson’s runners broke school records including Spencer Frantom’s record-setting 8k run at the 2011 Clemson Open. As the Track & Field teams did in the Spring, both Cross Country squads finished in the top-3 at the Conference Championships and advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships.
Williamson’s athletes are all over their respective postseason awards lists. All in all, she watched 53 track & field All-Region honors handed out to her indoor and outdoor teams in 2011-12 while 21 athletes were placed on the Academic All-Conference Team. Cross Country featured four Academic All-Conference players and five All-Region honorees to add to their national recognition as a 2011 Scholar Team that hosted four players named to the National All-Academic Team.
In 2010-11, Williamson helped King Women’s Cross Country reach NCAA Division II Nationals after winning the regional championship that season, finished 22nd overall in the country.
Williamson competed at an incredibly high level while a student-athlete at King where was a three-time NCCAA National Champion in her specialty, the 400-meter dash. As a senior in 2010, she won the NCCAA indoor and outdoor National Championship in the 400 meters before also sharing the title in the 4x100m outdoor relay event. In 2009 she broke the school record in the 400m and was named a NAIA All-American with a time of 54.84. She was also named a NCCAA All-American for her performances in the 55-meter and 200-meter dashes, and the 4x400m relay.