Amy Williamson is going to be one of the busiest coaches on the Tulane campus this year as she begins her second season as the associate head coach for the indoor program - third season overall - and takes the reigns as the head sand volleyball coach for a squad that will begin competition in 2012. The former All-American will continue her role with the indoor program and become the first head coach for the first year sand volleyball outfit.
Williamson is responsible for recruiting, monitoring the academic progress of the student-athletes and assisting with administrative duties for the two programs and, in the gym, she assists with all aspects of team training. She has contributed greatly to the training of the players in floor defense and the passing game.
Williamson enters her third season with the program and saw her initial set of signees earn the programs first ever nationally-recognized recruiting class. The nine-person class including three transfers and six true freshman, garnering High Honors from PrepVolleyball.com and building on the program's recent recruiting successes. Under her watch, Tulane has also garnered AVCA Academic Team honors and Lindsey Shepard became the first TU player to earn Academic All-Conference USA honors three times.
The honor for the recruiting class was well deserved as three of the six true freshmen started at least 20 matches and Cori Martone was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year. The rookie was the top vote getter on the C-USA All-Freshman Team and was one of just two players in the state to earn All-Louisiana honors from the state's sports writers. Izabela Grot was a Second Team All-Conference USA pick, also earning First Team All-State, while Milica Jovic earned Honorable Mention All-Louisiana accolades for her versatile play on the attack and in the back row.
In 2009, Williamson helped four players earn All-Conference USA accolades last season, while Visnja Djurdjevic and Rachel Lindelow each earned AVCA All-American and All-Region honors. Djurdjevic earned First Team All-C-USA honors, while Lindelow and Ksenija Vlaskovic each brought home second team honors. Freshman Marija Milosavljevic was the lone TU representative on the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 2009.
Along with the Green Wave's success on the court, the team achieved something that just one other squad in school history has been able to do, earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Team Academic Award. The 2009 and 1994 squads are the only two that have earned the distinction from the AVCA, which honors teams with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 for the academic year.
A native of Michigan City, Ind., the former Amy Morris has been involved with volleyball at nearly every level. Following a stellar prep career at Michigan City High School where she was named All-American, Indiana's 2001 Gatorade Player of the Year and a Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50" selection, Williamson enrolled at Penn State as a freshman before transferring to the University of Tennessee where she starred as an outside hitter and libero.
During her three years with the Lady Vols, she posted 1,338 digs and a 4.01 digs-per-set average which both rank second in school history. As a senior in 2005, Williamson set a then-Tennessee record with 506 digs (now ranks third) and 4.56 digs per set (now second) and holds three of the Top 7 single-season digs records in Lady Vols history. In addition, she set the Tennessee single-match digs record with 42 against Notre Dame on Nov. 25, 2005.
Williamson helped lead the Lady Vols to the NCAA Tournament in each of her final two seasons. In 2004, Williamson was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-SEC and honorable-mention AVCA All-American. She also claimed MVP honors of the 2004 SEC Tournament after helping the Lady Vols win their first tourney title since 1982.
As a senior, she claimed second-team All-SEC honors and helped lead Tennessee to a Regional Championship before falling in the national semifinals. A standout away from the court as well, Williamson was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Following her collegiate career, Williamson was one of 16 athletes invited to participate in the First Annual AVP Beach Tryouts before beginning her coaching career at the College of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M., in 2006. In her lone season with the Mustangs, she helped the team post a third-place finish in the Red River Athletic Conference. She also helped Kim Fisher earn first-team All-RRAC honors and a place on the All-Region Team.
After a year in New Mexico, Williamson played professionally in Puerto Rico for a month before moving to Indonesia. In three months there, she was selected to play in the All-Star Game in Bali.
Williamson returned to coaching in 2007 when she joined the staff at Nicholls State. While the Lady Colonels finished just 8-24 in 2007, Williamson's recruiting efforts helped Nicholls advance to the Southland Conference Tournament in 2008, their first tournament appearance in five years.
During the 2008 season, Williamson helped Binghamton go 16-15 overall, including a second-place finish in the America East Conference with a 9-3 league record and finished as the runner-up in the 2008 AEC Tournament. Williamson was instrumental in three Bearcat student-athletes earning All-America East Conference honors - Michelle McDonough, Lindsey Mueller and Anna Lejina - while McDonough and Dawn Lammert were named to the AEC All-Academic Team.
Williamson completed her bachelor's degree in advertising from Tennessee in 2006 and earned a master's degree in sports management from SUNY-Cortland in 2009. She and Scott Williamson - the head track and field coach at Nicholls State - make their home in Thibodaux, La.