JU Names Andrea Williams Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

June 3, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired Andrea Williams as assistant women's basketball coach, first-year head coach Jill Dunn announced today. Williams comes to JU after two seasons as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy, where she helped the Midshipmen earn a pair of Patriot League First-Team All-Conference honors and two Academic All-America awards. She joins Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick as an assistant on Dunn's staff for 2004.

Williams joined the Navy staff in 2002 after three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Tampa. She helped lead the Midshipmen to 29 wins the past two seasons, qualifying for the Patriot League postseason in both campaigns. Navy went 16-12 in 2002-03 season and advanced to the Patriot League Championship, while junior guard Courtney Davidson earned First-Team Patriot League All-Conference honors. In 2003-04, Navy Davidson earned First-Team Patriot League All-Conference honors once again and freshman Kate Hobbs earned All-Rookie Team honors as the Midshipmen advanced to the postseason for the second-straight season.

"Andrea's track record of recruiting quality student-athletes is well known," said Dunn, who spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Georgia State. "A number of her players have ranked among the nation's best in scoring, blocks and steals, and she has experience recruiting in a number of regions."

Williams was an assistant coach at the University of Tampa from 1999-2002, helping the Spartans to a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament and a Sunshine State Conference title in 2000. The Spartans posted records of 19-9 and 20-10 during her tenure and boasted the SSC Freshman of the Year and the second-best steals total in the nation in 2000.

Williams also coached at Waynesburg College (Waynesburg, Pa.), serving as the head coach for women's basketball, cross country and softball from 1997-99. While there, her recruits ranked among the NCAA leaders in blocked shots and scoring, while she also served on the ECAC South Selection Committee for NCAA Division III. Prior to joining the Yellow Jackets, Williams served as an assistant coach at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Edinboro, Pa.) from 1995-97, leading the Fighting Scots to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight in 1997 and a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship.

A Fort Wayne, Ind. Native, Williams played two seasons of basketball at Vincennes (Ind.) University, followed by two seasons of basketball and one season of softball at Edinboro (Pa.) University. She helped lead Edinboro to the NCAA Tournament as a junior and captained the squad as a senior before joining the coaching staff at her alma mater.

Williams graduated from Edinboro University with a B.S. in physical education and health fitness in 1994 and graduated with the first-ever class at the Women's Coaches Academy in Bryn Mawr, Pa. in 2003