After 12 years as the head coach at University of Alabama—Birmingham, Brenda Williams took over a struggling Olivet volleyball program in 1996, leading them to 25 wins in her first season. Since then, Williams has established an impressive legacy, amassing 736 career wins, which places her fifth among active NAIA coaches. Overall, Williams has guided Olivet to a 446-246 overall record and a 110-16 conference mark. The program has also rattled off twelve-straight winning seasons and has become one of the most respected and talented programs in the NAIA.
Treat everyone—from your staff, your players, to the janitor—with respect and dignity and you will be treated the same.
As a wife, mom and now grandma what is one helpful tip you want other coaches with children to know?
It is not easy, I know in Division I coaching I was away from my family much more than I wanted to be and I missed out on many important dates with them that I could not get back. Make sure you make time with them, do what they like to do when you are with them and cherish those moments when you are together!
What adjustments have you made to connect more effectively with today’s student athlete?
Oh my! I have become a Facebook person and I text. That is their way of communicating, but don’t leave it there, you still need to bring them in and talk face to face about things other than volleyball with them. They need to know you care about them and not just volleyball.