Williamson has spent the last 12 years as a member of the King community, arriving on campus as a freshman in 2006, and graduating in 2010 before joining the coaching staff for the 2010-2011 season as an assistant coach. She was promoted to head track and field coach in 2013, and subsequently named head cross country coach in 2014.
"Amanda embodies the spirit of King, and lives out our mission in her daily life, including as a coach as she mentors and guides our student-athletes," Hicks said. "As a coach, she is student-focused in every decision, and her talent as a coach is surpassed only by her love for her student-athletes and her passion for King. Amanda will be greatly missed by staff and student athlete alike."
As a student athlete, she won the NCCAA indoor and outdoor national championship in the 400 meter dash, as well as the outdoor national championship in the 4x100 meter relay. She holds King's all-time record in the 400 meters with a time of 54.84 seconds, a time which earned her NAIA All-American honors in 2009. She was a three-time NCCAA All-American in the 55 meter dash and 200 meter dash, as well as the 4x400 meter relay. In total, Williamson shares or holds three school records: the indoor 800 meters (2:21:98), the outdoor 4x400 meter relay (3:51:99) and her school record in the 400 meter dash.
"It has been an honor to coach at my alma mater, and this decision to step down did not come about without many prayers, conversations, and tears," Williamson said. "As this season of my journey fades I am eager to see what is next for my family and I. I am confident that the cross country and track programs will continue on in the success and traditions that have been established over the years. I wish the current student-athletes, incoming student-athletes, staff, and the entirety of King nothing but joy and triumph."
Williamson served as an outstanding example of a true student-athlete, and as she transitioned into coaching, held her student-athletes to those same standards. She served as an assistant coach for both the track and field and cross country programs from 2010 through 2013. During that time, the cross country and track and field teams won a combined seven Conference Carolinas championships, and both the men's and women's cross country teams qualified for the NCAA Championships. After being named head track and field coach in 2013 and head cross country coach in 2014, the Tornado have consistently placed amongst the top teams in Conference Carolinas, with multiple conference champions and NCAA qualifiers.
Just as Williamson was a true student-athlete, she inspired and guided her athletes to excel in the classroom as well. During her coaching tenure, she has coached nine Conference Carolinas Scholar Athletes of the Year and had over 50 student-athletes named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic team.
Hicks has named Desmond Pierce as the interim head coach for both programs and a search for Williamson's replacement will be conducted following the conclusion of the spring season.