ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Roberto Vives has announced the hiring of Deshaya Williams as the program's new assistant coach.
A Saratoga High School graduate, Williams joins the UAlbany staff after spending two years at St. Lawrence University as an assistant track and field coach and assistant coordinator of student-athlete development. Williams served a key role in recruiting, as well as developed conditioning and throwing programs for the javelin, hammer, shot put, weight and discus throwers.
"She emerged to be the best candidate for our program because of her tremendous experience, positive energy and charismatic personality," said Vives. "Deshaya will contribute significantly to our goal of becoming a top 20 national program."
Williams has gained coaching experience at Penn State, Clemson, Fredonia and St. Lawrence. As an athlete, she was the first NCAA Women's Champion in Penn State history and competed in two Olympic Trials. Williams played a similar role at SUNY Fredonia from 2010-11, where she recruited three SUNYAC champions.
Williams also developed her coaching skills while attending a Level II Coaching School in California, as well as a Women's Coaching Academy in Denver. She also received her BFS-strength and conditioning certification in 2012.
As an athlete, she participated in the US Olympic Trials in 2000 and 2004. She was a three-time Big Ten Champion, a member of the USA National Team and both USA Junior National Champion and Junior Pan American Champion in 1999. A three-time NCAA All-American, Williams was the first women's national champion in Penn State history when she won the discus title in 2003.