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Van Williams
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 541-346-3372
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Van Williams is entering his second season as an assistant coach for the Oregon men’s golf team. He joined the staff  last season with a resume that includes both prep and collegiate experience.

Since joining Martin in 2013, Williams has helped coach four all-conference players. He also guided a pair of freshman in Aaron Wise (2015) and Thomas Lim (2014) to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team. Williams also coached Brandon McIver (2015), Wise (2015) and Lim (2014) to the Golf Coaches Association of America All-Region selection.

Williams comes to UO from Wake Tech Community College where he was the head golf coach from 2011-13. He led the Eagles to their first ever National Junior College Athletic Association ranking after the NJCAA Tournament in 2013. He also guided Ryan Gilbert to a third-place finish at the NJCAA Tournament in 2013. In his first two seasons at the helm, Williams successfully recruited a pair of top-10 recruits in North Carolina.

In addition to coaching both men’s and women’s golf, Williams also helped start the men’s basketball program in 2009 at Wake Tech and was the school’s first head men’s basketball coach.

Williams was named the 2013 NJCAA Region X Coach of the Year when Wake Tech accumulated a 24-9 record and was a runner-up at the Division II Region X finals. The Eagles were also ranked for the first time in program history that year climbing as high as 17th. Williams also coached a pair of North Carolina East/West All-Star selections.

Four of Wake Tech’s players moved on playing at the Division I level. The most notable of the four was Lamont Middleton, who signed with North Carolina A&T. Middleton helped guide the Aggies to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament championship and a spot in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. North Carolina A&T lost to Louisville, the eventual national champions, in the first round.

Prior to joining Wake Tech, Williams started his career as an associate men’s basketball coach at Cape Fear Community College for two years (2006-08). During his time with the Sea Devils, Williams was in charge of player development as well as serving as the tournament director for the 2008 men’s and women’s NJCAA Region X Division I Basketball Tournament.

Williams then moved on as an assistant men’s basketball coach at his alma mater, Shaw University, where he was in charge of player development and conditioning. During his stint at Shaw, Williams recruited two All-CIAA players.

Williams was a two-sport athlete at Southeastern University (1998-2000) where he was a two-year starter for the basketball team, while also playing golf. As a member of the golf team he earned an individual medal at the Clearwater Christian College Invitational in 1999.

The North Carolina native then moved to Shaw University where he helped lead the basketball team to the 2002 NCAA Division II Final Four in Evansville, Ind. During that historic season, the Bears compiled a 28-5 record, winning the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Eastern Division, the CIAA Tournament and the NCAA Division II South-Athletic Regional Championship.

In his final season, Williams led the league in 3-point field goals per game and was seventh in Division II in 3-pointers made per game (3.65). In his first year at SU, Williams was named to the CIAA All-Rookie Team.

Williams also served as a caddie for Oregon head coach Casey Martin (2001-04) on the PGA and Nationwide tours. Martin’s best finish during Williams’ tenure as a caddie was a tie for third at the 2002 LaSalle Bank Open.