Anderson University recently announced that Brian Williams has been hired as the men’s and women’s track and cross country coach. Williams previously served as the assistant track and cross country coach at Ball State University (2013) and Anderson University (1988-99). He also coached track and cross country at the high school and junior high level.
“Brian brings a wonderful combination of coaching experience, connection to the university and knowledge of what it takes to be a successful college athlete,” said Brent Baker, vice president for student affairs at Anderson University. “I am excited that he has joined our team.”
“I’m excited to have coach Williams leading our men's and women's cross country and track and field programs,” said Marcie Taylor, director of athletics for Anderson University. “Brian's prior experience as a coach has clearly prepared him for this position. As an alum, he embraces our mission and the role of mentoring young men and women to excel in the classroom, in competition and in their daily lives.”
Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Anderson University in 1988 and earned his teacher certification in 2004. He has taught in Anderson Community and Frankton-Lapel Community Schools for the past 10 years.
“Nearly thirty years ago, I came to Anderson to be a part of a cross country and track & field team,” said Brian Williams. “While at Anderson University, I found a great deal more than just a place to run. I found a Christ-centered community that was and still is committed to providing students with a great education and a world of opportunities. I am proud to be a part of the history at Anderson University and I am humbled by the opportunity to be a part of this community. It is with a great deal of excitement and anticipation that I look forward to my new role as the head coach for cross country and track and field at Anderson University.”
Williams was a 9-time All-American in track and cross country at Anderson and a two-time Indoor National Champion in the Mile. He was inducted into the Anderson University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, has been a counselor at AU running camps and been the meet clerk for all indoor and outdoor track meets at AU for the last 25 years.
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.