Named New Assistant Track And Field Coach
A Saratoga High School product, Williams has gained coaching experience at Penn State, Clemson, Fredonia and St. Lawrence. As an athlete, she was the first NCAA Women’s Champion in Penn State history and competed in two Olympic Trials.
“Deshaya is a superb addition to our staff and she will make an immediate and dramatic impact,” said Vives. “She emerged to be the best candidate for our program because of her tremendous experience, positive energy and charismatic personality. Deshaya will contribute significantly to our goal of becoming a top 20 national program.”
Williams joins the UAlbany staff after spending two years at St. Lawrence University as an assistant track and field coach and assistant coordinator of student-athlete development. Williams served a key role in recruiting, as well as developed conditioning and throwing programs for the javelin, hammer, shot put, weight, and discus throwers.
Williams played a similar role at SUNY Fredonia from 2010-11 where she recruited three SUNYAC champions.
Earning her bachelor's and master's degrees at Penn State in 2002 and 2004, Williams also earned a second master's degree from the Erskine Theological Seminary in 2009. She served as a graduate assistant for the Penn State women's program in the 2003-04 season and was a volunteer assistant at Clemson University from 2004-2006.
As an athlete, she participated in the US Olympic Trials in 2000 and 2004. She was a three-time Big Ten Champion, a member of the USA National Team and both USA Junior National Champion and Junior Pan American Champion in 1999. A three-time NCAA All-American, Williams was the first women's national champion in Penn State history when she won the discus title in 2003.
Williams has done a lot of work developing her coaching skills, attending a Level II Coaching School in California, as well as a Women’s Coaching Academy in Denver. She also received her BFS-strength and conditioning certification in 2012.