Last Updated September 18, 2014
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Anthony Williams begins his 21st year at Villanova in 2014-15 and his 12th season as the associate head coach of both the men's and women's track & field programs. Williams coaches the Wildcats sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. He is also the meet director at the Villanova home meets and is the director of the various camps and clinics that the Wildcats hold throughout the year.
During his time at Villanova, Williams has coached a total of 38 All-Americans and 81 BIG EAST champions, while the Wildcats have consistently rewritten the school record book in nearly every sprint and hurdle event.
Williams' accomplishments during his time at Villanova have helped elevate the program back to national prominence. Some of the Wildcats top accomplishments came during the 2013-14 academic year, when both the men's and women's teams captured BIG EAST titles during both the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. Villanova earned a total of four BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honors for winning those league titles and the two teams combined to produce 21 All-Americans between the indoor and outdoor seasons.
At the indoor BIG EAST Championships, men's track senior Samuel Ellison was the individual champion in the 500 meters, while women's track junior Emerald Walden captured the 60 meter hurdles. Ellison also anchored the Wildcats to a championship in the 4x400 meter relay outdoors, while Walden won the 100 meter hurdles and men's track sophomore Aaron Sandifer won the 110 meter hurdles. In addition, women's track junior Varonica Johnson set a new school record in the 100 meters.
Ellison qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 800 meters both indoors and outdoors and finished his incredible collegiate career as a seven-time All-American, a five-time BIG EAST champion and a two-time Penn Relays champion. He came in eighth in the 800 meters at the outdoor NCAA Championships in 2012 to earn first team All-America honors, and also tallied a sixth place finish at the indoor national meet in 2014. Ellison also won consecutive outdoor BIG EAST titles in the 800 meters in 2012 and 2013. Away from the track, Ellison had equally impressive academic achievements. He earned a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in 2014 and went on to continue both his academic studies and his racing career at the University of Birmingham in England.
Williams achieved quick success in his first few years with the Villanova program when he coached sprinters Kareem Archer and Charmaine Walker as each made big impacts on the national scene. Archer was a four-time All-American and a six-time BIG EAST champion for the Wildcats during a terrific collegiate career. He came in third in the 400 meter hurdles at the 1997 outdoor NCAA Championships and then doubled up as an All-American in both the 110 meter hurdles and the 400 meter hurdles one year later. He was also an All-American indoors in the 55 meter hurdles in 1998 when he registered a fourth place finish at the national championships.
Walker was a three-time All-American indoors, beginning with a seventh place finish in the 55 meter hurdles in 1998. She went on to place sixth in the 60 meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships in each of the next two seasons. During her career, Walker was also a six-time BIG EAST champion, winning three conference titles both indoors and outdoors in the hurdles. Walker is the school record holder in five different events, including the 55 meters and the 60 meters, the 55 meter hurdles and the 60 meter hurdles, as well as the 100 meter hurdles.
The hurdles and jumps have consistently been a strong point for the Wildcats during Williams' tenure. Shericka Ward is the school record holder both indoors and outdoors in the 200 meters and was a three-time All-American in 2011 and 2012. She came in seventh in the 60 meter hurdles at the indoor NCAA Championships in 2012 to claim first team All-America honors. Ward also came in 10th outdoors in the 100 meter hurdles in 2012 and registered a 13th place finish at the national meet in 2011. She was the outdoor BIG EAST champion in the 100 meter hurdles as a sophomore in 2010. Current team member Samantha Francis was the BIG EAST outdoor triple jump champion in 2012.
From 2005-07, Monique Morgan was a two-time All-American and a three-time BIG EAST champion in the hurdles. She finished in eighth place indoors in the 60 meter hurdles in 2007 as well as outdoors in the 100 meter hurdles one year earlier. Morgan won conference championships in the 60 meter hurdles indoors on two occasions and also captured the 2007 outdoor BIG EAST title in the 100 meter hurdles. She has gone on to have an extremely successful international racing career and in 2014-15 will be in her first year as a volunteer assistant coach for the Wildcats.
On the men's side, the success started by Kareem Archer in 1997 and 1998 was continued a few years later by Nic O'Brien, who earned All-America honors in the 400 meter hurdles in consecutive years in 2002 and 2003.
At the BIG EAST level two of the most decorated athletes coached by Williams are Elvis Lewis and Drew Eckman, teammates during their time at Villanova who combined to win 13 conference titles. Lewis was the BIG EAST indoor 400 meters champion for three straight years from 2007-09 and also won the outdoor titles three times in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Eckman, meanwhile, was the indoor conference champion in the 500 meters in 2006 as well as the outdoor champion in the 400 meter hurdles in three consecutive years from 2004-06. In 2006 the Wildcats won the 4x400 meter relay at the BIG EAST meet both indoors and outdoors, with Eckman and Lewis a part of both winning relays.
Williams was only in his second year at Villanova when Archer won the outdoor BIG EAST championship in the 400 meter hurdles in 1996. The Wildcats also won the 4x400 meter relay at the outdoor meet that season, while Archer went on to win outdoor titles in 1997 in both the 400 meter hurdles and the triple jump.
During the 1998 track season Villanova won three events at the indoor BIG EAST Championships and four more events outdoors. Archer was the 200 meters champion indoors and won outdoor titles in the 400 meter hurdles and as the anchor of the 4x400 meter relay. Jermaine Deans, meanwhile, was the indoor triple jump champion and the outdoor long jump champion.
Mike Brown and Carlos Bedoya are two other top athletes that Williams has coached. Brown was the BIG EAST champion indoors in the 400 meters and outdoors in the 400 meter hurdles, while also running on two conference champion 4x400 relay squads. Bedoya won the indoor league championship in the 200 meters in 2002 and 2004, while winning the 2003 outdoor title. He was also a member of the 2002 indoor 4x400 meter relay team which won a BIG EAST title.
The success of Williams' student-athletes while at Villanova has been a springboard to their continued success in international competition. Williams has seen his athletes represent the national teams of the United States, Jamaica, Barbados and Ecuador. Most recently, Monique Morgan won a Jamaican national title in the 100 meter hurdles in the summer of 2014. That victory also qualified her for the Jamaican team which represented the country later in the summer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2013, Morgan won a gold medal for Jamaica at the Central American and Caribbean senior track & field championships.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Williams attended Blinn College (Texas) and Ole Miss during his own undergraduate career. He was the captain of two national championship teams at Blinn College and earned junior college All-America honors in the sprint events and the triple jump. At Ole Miss, Williams earned Academic All-SEC honors and was named to the Dean's List for his academic success. Williams received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ole Miss with a major in management in 1990.
Following graduation Williams continued to excel in competition at the international level. He was the Jamaican national champion in the triple jump and went on to be a part of several Jamaican national teams.
Prior to his arrival at Villanova, Williams began his coaching career at Plainfield High School (N.J.), where he was a volunteer coach for the school's jumpers. Williams is a USA Track & Field Level III certified coach in the sprints, hurdles and relays.
Williams and his wife, Pat Itanyi, make their home in Upper Darby, Pa. The couple has a seven-year old daughter, Tonya.