Release Date: 8/7/2000
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. ---Andy Williamson has been hired to lead the University of the Ozarks women's soccer program, the university announced on Monday.
Williamson, 29, has served as an assistant for both the men's and women's programs at NCAA Division III power Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, the past two seasons. A native of San Antonio, Williamson was a four-year varsity letterman at Trinity and has more than six years of coaching experience.
Williamson, who has both regional and national NSCAA soccer diplomas, helped lead Trinity's men's and women's programs to a combined four NCAA appearances and three final eight appearances in his two seasons as the university's top assistant. He also has coaching experience on the high school and club level in St. Louis and San Antonio.
He will be the first full-time head coach for the five-year-old Lady Eagles soccer program. U of O men's soccer coach Dave De Hart coached both programs last season.
"Ozarks has made a commitment to the women's soccer program and its facilities and that's why I'm excited about being here," Williamson said. "Ozarks is already known as a strong academic university and I think there's starting to be an emphasis placed on athletics. The fact that there's been recent improvements on the facilities and that they are hiring a coach exclusively for women's soccer is exciting. There is a lot of potential in this program." Describing his coaching style as flexible, Williamson said his athletes will dictate the style his teams will play.
"I prefer an attacking, free-flowing style, but I think you've got to be ready to play whatever style the situation calls for," he said. "I believe it's my job as a coach to help get the maximum out of my athletes, whether it is athletically, academically or personality."