Ryan Williams
Ryan Williams
Title: Head Golf Coach
Phone: 517-265-5161, ext. 4009
Email: rwilliams2@adrian.edu
Year: 6th Season
Hometown: Potsdam, N.Y.
Previous College: University of Rochester '11

Ryan Williams has served as the Adrian College men's and women's golf head coach since the start of the 2013-14 academic year.

Williams has coached three men's student-athletes who have gained All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors including junior Andrew Skibski on the 2017 first and 2016 second teams, senior Nick Hocker on the second team in 2015, and two-time honoree Cameron McKee in 2013 and 2014.

The Bulldog men tied for third place (297 strokes) at the MIAA's first automatic qualifying tournament on April 18, 2015, when Brandon Skytta took home co-medalist honors with a 69.

In his first season, the Williams-led Bulldogs had two runner-up finishes in conference automatic qualifying events. On April 18, 2014, Adrian was only one stroke off the pace of host Hope College and the following day just four shots away from the Flying Dutchmen. Connor Doria was medalist in both events with a 70 and 72.

On the women's side, the Bulldogs had their best season of Williams' five-year tenure with a first-place finish at its own Adrian College Spring Invitational victory to conclude the 2015-16 campaign. Adrian finished with four individuals in the top-10.

In 2016-17, senior Emily Bristow earned the MIAA Sportsmanship Award. She also recorded a 77 on Sep. 19 at The Medalist Golf Club in Marshall, setting a Bulldog record in their MIAA Jamboree history.

Last season, senior Elizabeth Barrett repeated on the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar squad to give Adrian six citations in history--all occurring under Williams' watch. He also coached sophomore Brooke Symons to the All-MIAA Second Team, which is the first time in 17 years that an AC woman garnered all-conference.

Williams also serves as the director of the athletic department's popular annual fund-raising event Adrian Bulldog Club Golf Outing held in early June.

Williams worked as the assistant dean of undergraduate admissions at Clarkson University, an NCAA Division III institution in Potsdam, N.Y., while helping coach the men's golf program from 2011 to 2013 as a volunteer assistant. He handled many duties for the Golden Knights including practice plans, transportation and recruiting. Clarkson placed second in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Upstate Championships out of nine teams in 2012. Williams also helped mentor two Liberty League All-Academic selections that year.

Williams graduated from the University of Rochester in New York state in May 2011 with a bachelor's degree in financial economics and a minor in mathematics. He was a team captain on the men's golf team from 2009-11 and was named to the All-Liberty League First Team in 2008 and 2010. In addition, Williams was a two-time NCAA Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scholar All-American in 2010-11.