Rachel Williams
Rachel Williams
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Year: First
Previous College: Arizona '03

Rachel Williams enters her first season as a volunteer assistant coach for the NAU volleyball team following two seasons as an assistant coach at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in nearby Prescott, Ariz.

Williams brings over 10 years of experience to the Lumberjack coaching staff after coaching at a variety of levels including NAIA, NJCAA, Junior Olympic, International and high school throughout the state of Arizona. Prior to her stint at Embry-Riddle, where she was primarily responsible for the setters and handling technical skills training for all the athletes, Williams served as an assistant coach for two seasons at Yavapai College. She also has coaching experience at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. and Arizona Western College.

Williams is currently the youth director and lead coach for the Yavapai Juniors Volleyball Club in Prescott where she oversees the club's youth program, tournament registration and travel accommodations. Williams also takes part in managing the fiscal budget, website development, staff recruitment, supervision and training for the club.

Her other experience includes serving as a Junior Olympic Girls coach since 1997 with clubs in Arizona and Southern California and also extending overseas. For two years, 2007-09, Williams was a sports ambassador for People to People in a role which allowed her to travel to Holland and Austria with American student-athletes for educational and athletic purposes.

Williams played her collegiate career at the University of Arizona from 1999-02 and was a member of four Wildcat NCAA teams. She helped the Wildcats reach the Sweet 16 in 1999, the Elite 8 in 2000 and 2002 and the Final Four in 2001. Her team also won the Pac-10 Championship in 2000.

Williams earned her degree in communication with an emphasis in marketing in 2003 from Arizona and later earned her master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University-Irvine in 2012.