2013-14 Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year
Quite a first impression, to say the least.
In his first year on the Crusaders sideline- just his second season ever coaching women and the first as a head coach-Jason Williams was named the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year, becoming the program's first conference Coach of the Year since the 1991 season and is the first since the College rose to the NCAA Divsion II level in 1995.
The Crusaders finished the year with 22 wins, the most since the 2004-05 season and ended up second in the league standings after being picked to finish fifth. A school record four players-Kelsey Long, Candace Fox, Morgan Midkiff and McKenzie Owen-were named to the all-conference team. The Abbey gained a national vote in the top 25 poll and was ranked as high as sixth in the regional rankings.
Belmont Abbey reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2001-02 season and won a game for the first time since the 1998-99 season, a 93-86 victory over Wingate in the opening round.
The regional ranking was the first in ten years and Owen was the first Crusader named first team all-conference since the 2007-08 season.
Williams was installed as the eighth head coach in the program's history on June 21, 2013. No stranger to Belmont Abbey College, Williams served on the Crusaders men's staff for eight years before departing for an assistant women's coaching position at Jacksonville State University for the 2012-13 season.
Along with his duties with the varsity program at Belmont Abbey, Williams served as the head coach of the junior varsity program. He oversaw the recruiting efforts and operations efforts while at Belmont Abbey.
Under his tutelage, nine JV players ascended to the varsity team, with one, Jonathan Jackson, earning all-conference honors.
A 2004 graduate of Greensboro College, Williams was co-captain of the men’s basketball team. He was a stellar performer in the classroom as well by being named to the Dean’s List at Greensboro College and at Cuesta College. He is received his masters in counseling and development from Winthrop University in 2009, where he was a member of the Chi-Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society in 2008 and 2009. Since 2008, he has been involved on community counseling services in Charlotte while serving internships at the Morgan School and a skills trainer and community support worker with the Alexander Youth Network in 2009.
Williams is the son of Barclay and Celeste Williams. He has two brothers (Darold and Justin) and two sisters (Shanda and Karisa).