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Thursday September 13, 2012Nick Williams Named Assistant Coach for Florida Lacrosse

Gainesville, Fla.

Nick Williams, most recently an assistant coach at Notre Dame, has been hired as an assistant coach for Florida Lacrosse, head coach Amanda O’Leary announced Thursday.

Williams served two seasons (2010-12) as an assistant coach for the Irish women’s lacrosse team and was instrumental with overseeing team defense and team goalkeepers, while also assisting with recruiting, scouting opponents and camps and clinics.

"I am extremely privileged to have the opportunity to come to Florida and work for Coach O'Leary and this staff. They have built a dynasty that is sure to do great things in not only college lacrosse, but in the community as well,” Williams said. “Being at an institution such as Notre Dame and working for such a phenomenal coach in Christine Halfpenny, I learned so much about being a leader and good role model for college athletes. I am so excited for the chance to work with the team and being a part of the Gator family."

In two seasons for Notre Dame, Williams helped compile a 23-15 record as he worked directly with many goalkeepers and defenders who brought in national awards. Former defender Jackie Dougherty, who earned first team All-American honors from the IWLCA and first-team Big East Honors and Lauren Fenlon who was an IWLCA West/Midwest Selection.

Most recently, he was instrumental in the success of midfielder Margaret Smith and attack Maggie Tamasitis who both were named 2012 IWLCA and Synapse Sports All-Americans. The Irish were eight in caused turnovers and 34th in scoring defense last season. They finished with a 13-4 record last season and were eliminated by national champion Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

"We are very fortunate to add someone with Nick's experience to our staff," O'Leary said. "His unique background in football and men's lacrosse will add a new perspective to our program and we are thrilled to have him at Florida.”

Prior to Notre Dame, he spent a season working with women’s lacrosse at his alma mater, Towson, where he was a two-sport athlete in men’s lacrosse and football.

During his lone season at Towson, Williams helped the Tigers' women's team to a 13-3 overall record, a first-ever at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament and a final ranking of seventh in the nation, the highest ranking in the school's history.

Williams also served as the goalie coach with Tiger goalkeeper, Mary Teeters, earning second team all-conference honors. Assisting with both the offense and defense, he helped coach the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year, three first team all-CAA picks, two second team choices and two all-rookie selections.

As four-year member of the Tigers' men's lacrosse team, Williams played 61 career games and helped Towson to a pair of CAA championships. He scored 29 goals with 22 assists in his career, including a career-best, four-goal game against Cornell in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Williams graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in sports management.

The Baltimore, Md., native also was a football standout at Towson and is the fifth-leading rusher in school history with 1,985 yards during his career. As a sophomore, Williams rushed for 911 yards in 11 games, including a career-high 169 yards in a win over Delaware. He was a third team all-Atlantic 10 selection at running back following his sophomore year.

In addition, Williams also spent time as the assistant coach of women’s lacrosse at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. during the spring of 2009.  That previous fall he was the running backs coach at his high school alma mater – Calvert Hall College High school in Baltimore.

 

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