WILLIAMS COACHING ACCOLADES
Anthony Williams enters his 17th year at Villanova and his eighth season as the Associate Head Coach for both the men's and women's track & field teams. Williams has a sprint background influenced by his years growing up in Jamaica as well as from competing at the collegiate level in Texas and the Southeastern Conference at Ole Miss. His coaching duties with the Wildcats involve working with the men's and women's sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers.
Villanova has had one of the most consistent and productive sprint programs on the East Coast during Williams tenure and Wildcat sprinters have enjoyed a great deal of national and international success. His athletes have had a major impact on rewriting Villanova's sprint record books while also winning 49 BIG EAST titles and garnering 25 All-America honors in numerous events. In recent years Williams has also developed some of Villanova's fastest 800 meter runners to add on to his sprint resume.
Williams has developed Wildcat greats such as Kareem Archer, who competed for Jamaica in the 1997 World Championships while only a junior at Villanova. In addition, Nic O'Brien set a New Zealand national record in the 400 meter hurdles and also earned a national title as a member of the distance medley relay squad in 2003. Mike Brown captured a Penn Relays title in the 400 meter hurdles and the DMR and was also a national champion on the 2002 DMR squad. Most recently, Elvis Lewis won six BIG EAST championships and ran a 400 meters time of 45 seconds during his Villanova career.
On the women's side, Charmaine Walker was a six-time BIG EAST champion and three-time All-American in the sprint hurdle events while at Villanova. She still holds the BIG EAST Championships record in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.01 set in 2000. Monique Morgan continued Villanova's strong national tradition in the sprint hurdles, winning several BIG EAST titles and also earning All-America status in 2006 and 2007 by finishing in the top eight at the NCAA Championships. The latest national caliber sprinter for the Wildcats is Shericka Ward, who Williams has coached to a USA Junior National title in the 100 meter hurdles. Ward represented the United States in the Junior Pan-Am Games and as a junior at Villanova in 2010-11 was an All-American in the 100 meter hurdles.
In the 800 meters, Paul Moser ran a time of 1:48.34 and contributed to Villanova winning and NCAA title in the distance medley relay in 2003. In addition, Drew Eckman had a top relay split of 1:47 in the 800 meters in 2006 at the Penn Relays and the NCAA Championships in addition to an impressive string of BIG EAST titles in the 400 meter hurdles and the 500 meters. Arusha McKenzie won a BIG EAST championship in the 800 meters and qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2009.
Williams' success as a coach has not been limited to the track, as he has also mentored a pair of standout jumpers. Jermaine Deans and Marlena Robinson each made multiple appearances at the NCAA Championships while winning numerous BIG EAST titles in the triple jump and the long jump. In 1998, Deans dominated the jumps on the East Coast and was named the BIG EAST Most Outstanding Field Performer at the indoor conference championships. He also set a conference record in the long jump at the outdoor championships the same year.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities Williams serves as the director of the Wildcats track & field and speed camps. He is also the meet director for all of the team's home track meets during the season.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Williams attended Blinn College in Texas and was the captain of two national championship teams while earning Junior College All-America honors in the sprints and the triple jump. He went on to earn his Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Ole Miss, where he concentrated in Management and was a Dean's List student-athlete and Academic All-SEC honoree.
In 1994 and 1998, Williams was the Jamaican national champion in the triple jump and went on to represent his country internationally on several national teams. Prior to coming to Villanova he spent three years as a volunteer jumps coach at Plainfield (N.J.) High School. Williams is a USA Track & Field certified level II coach in the sprints, hurdles and relays.
Williams is married to Pat Itanyi and the couple has a three-year old daughter, Tonya.