GAMBIER – Amy Williams, Kenyon College's Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator, has been appointed Athletics and Physical Education Director at The College of Wooster. The announcement came Friday from Wooster's Provost Lisa Perfetti.
Williams has been deeply involved in the Kenyon Athletics Department for the majority of the last 35 years. She is a 1988 graduate and a former member of the Ladies swimming and diving program. She was two-time assistant coach with both swimming and diving programs and an administrator for more than 20 years.
"It will be hard to imagine Kenyon Athletics without Amy Williams. She has been the brains and the backbone of the department," said Jill McCartney, Director of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation. "I am incredibly grateful for her expansive knowledge and generosity in sharing expertise with all of us who have worked with her.
"I know I will miss the daily interaction and impromptu conversations in the Kenyon Athletic Center, as well as her thoughtful and thorough consideration of whatever issue is on the agenda."
As a Kenyon student-athlete, Williams won 22 NCAA swimming event titles and 28 All-America awards, while helping steer the Ladies to four NCAA Division III Championships. In 1998, she was inducted into the Kenyon Athletics Hall of Fame.
She returned to Kenyon in 1990 as an assistant swimming and diving coach for four years, playing a role in four more NCAA Championships with both the Lords and Ladies. In 1994, she moved on to Trinity College as the head coach of the men's and women's diving programs. She remained at Trinity for six seasons and earned her master's degree from the college in 1999.
Williams returned to Kenyon in 2000, beginning another run as assistant coach and adding duties as Aquatics Director. In 2005, she became the Athletics Department's NCAA Compliance Coordinator and in 2007 she was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director.
"During her time at Kenyon, Amy played a role in guiding and developing just about every facet of the department, from NCAA compliance to budgets and from policies for equity to championships," McCartney said. "Most recently, Amy created a liaison role to Advancement and Alumni and Parent Engagement, and in that capacity she laid the groundwork for stronger relationships and opportunities to support the Athletics Department and the College."
She currently serves as president of the North Coast Athletic Conference's (NCAC) Intercollegiate Officiating Association, is a member (and former chair) of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships Committee, and is the athletics directors' liaison to the NCAC for swimming and diving.
She previously served a two-year term as women's athletics directors' representative for NCAC and is finishing a six-year term as a member of the NCAC's selection committee for the Pam Smith and Don Hunsinger awards.
She is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Women Leaders in College Sport and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). Additionally, she's been active in the local community, participating in fundraising and service events and volunteering as a USA Swimming Official.
"I've been incredibly fortunate to experience Kenyon as a student-athlete, a coach, an administrator and a parent. Across all of these perspectives and all the years, there is one constant—Kenyon cares," Williams said. "I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I've had and the partnerships and friendships I've developed.
"I've been challenged, stretched, consoled and uplifted. These experiences provide an immeasurable foundation for me as I move into this new role. Kenyon, and Gambier, will always be a very special place for me, and I am very glad our paths will cross regularly."
With her appointment, Williams becomes the first full-time female Athletics and Physical Education Director at Wooster. Her work there begins July 15.