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Dave WilliamsAssociate Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
College: Alabama, '73
Start Date: 08/01/1983
Considered one of the top strength coaches in the country, Dave Williams enters his 29th year as a member of the strength and conditioning coaching staff for the Flames' 20-sport athletics program. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S.).
During the 1992-93 school year, Williams was one of five finalists nominated for national Strength Coach of the Year. This included strength coaches from the professional sports ranks, along with colleagues at the collegiate level.
Prior to accepting his current position at Liberty, Williams served three years as the head strength coach at Texas A&M. He also spent a year as an assistant strength coach at Alabama.
Before entering the strength and conditioning profession, Williams spent six years as a teacher and coach. He coached for two years at Liberty High School in Bedford, Va., and spent four seasons at Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg, Va.
Williams earned Associated Press Little All-America honors while playing collegiately at Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.Va. He played both offensive and defensive line and was a two-year co-captain at Fairmont State, who was NAIA National Champions in 1967. In 2003, the school honored Williams as he was inducted into the Fairmont State College Athletic Department Hall of Fame.
Williams also was an All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection. He played high school football at South Charleston High School in South Charleston, W.Va., where he lettered all four years.
Williams graduated from Fairmont State in 1968 with a degree in biology and physical education. He also holds a master's degree from Alabama in physical education.
Williams was recently honored by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association as the veteran coach was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach.
There are only 70 collegiate strength and conditioning coaches in the nation to hold this lofty distinction, while Williams and head strength and conditioning coach Bill Gillespie give Liberty the only pair of honored coaches at the same institution at the NCAA Division I FCS level.
He and his wife, Lee, have two daughters, Shelley and Mandy. They also have two grandchildren.
The Williams File
Year at Liberty: 29th
Education: B.S., Biology (Fairmont State, ‘68); M.A., Physical Education (Alabama, ‘73)
Hometown: South Charleston, W.Va.
Children: Shelley and Mandy