Williams Returns To ISU As Associate Head Coach
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head tennis coach Armando Espinosa has announced the return of Chris Williams as an associate head coach. Williams was an assistant coach for the Cyclones from 2008-10 after serving as a volunteer coach for the program in 2007-08.
Williams served as head coach of the Bradley women’s tennis team last season, helping the Braves to their best win total in 20 years. Under his guidance, Bradley won nine matches in 2012-13 after going just 4-19 the previous season. Prior to Bradley, Williams spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the men’s program at Air Force.
“Chris has an enthusiasm that is infectious and he’s been successful at all of his stops,” Espinosa said. “He has a great understanding of what a special place Iowa State is and that led to him and his family wanting to return. I am very excited to have him back in Ames.”
During his first tenure in Ames, Williams helped Iowa State to a number of milestones. The Cyclones reached No. 66 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll during the 2009-10 season. He helped bolster the recruiting efforts as Iowa State landed Mexico’s top-ranked player in Maria Fernanda Macedo and top-10 Canadian prep Marie-Christine Chartier as well as four of the top-100 U.S. players.
“I am excited to get back to Iowa State,” Williams said. “It is where I started my coaching career and I love the Iowa State Athletics Department. I really enjoyed working with Armando the first time around and I have a lot of respect for how he coaches. I can’t wait to get started.”
Williams also served as head coach at his alma mater, Buena Vista, in 2004 after earning his bachelor’s degree in sports and fitness management. He played tennis for the Beavers and teamed with Nate Stuck to win the 2002 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title at No. 2 doubles.
Williams and his wife, Nikki, have two-year old daughter, Reese.