PEORIA, Ill. - Chris Williams, who boasts six years of college coaching experience including the last two as the assistant men's tennis coach at the United States Air Force Academy, has been named the 10th head coach in Bradley Women's Tennis history. Williams officially will begin his duties at Bradley July 2.
"The arrival of Chris Williams signals the beginning of a new era for Bradley Women's Tennis," said Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cross. "Chris is a very hard worker, he is thoughtful and he will raise our competitive expectations as soon as he steps on the court. His leadership and standards will be important parts of our program's growth and I look forward to working with him."
Williams comes to Bradley from Air Force, where he worked as the men's assistant the last two seasons and helped the Falcons to an 11-13 record in 2012 for the program's best win total since 2007. He previously served as a women's assistant at Iowa State from 2007-10 and as the men's tennis head coach at Buena Vista University in 2004.
"I am truly excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for Bradley Women's Tennis," said Williams. "Bradley University offers a tremendous educational opportunity and I look forward to the challenge of raising the competitive standing of our program."
Williams helped the Cyclones to milestone accomplishments during his three seasons in Ames, including a program-best national ranking (66th) by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association during the 2009-10 campaign. His recruiting efforts helped Iowa State sign Mexico's #1 ranked player (Maria Macedo), a top-10 player from Canada (Marie-Christine Chartier) and four of the top 100 U.S. players (Jenna Langhorst, Jasmine Lee, Emily Pietruszynski and Megan Cassens).
In between his college coaching positions at Buena Vista and Iowa State, Williams was the Director of Junior Tennis at the Ames (Iowa) Racquet and Fitness Center and a team coach for the Iowa District Boys and Girls 12-and-under program. He also served as the head tennis professional at the 7 Flags Fitness and Racquet Club in 2004-05.
Williams earned his bachelor's degree in sports and fitness management, as well as a minor in business, from Buena Vista in 2004. He played tennis for the Beavers and teamed with Nate Stuck to win the 2002 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title at No. 2 doubles.
Williams and his wife, Nikki, are the parents of a 2-year-old daughter, Reese.