Carla Williams Named Associate Director of Athletics 11/25/02

Dr. Carla Williams has been promoted to the position of Associate Director of Athletics/Olympic Sports, Director of Athletics Todd Turner has announced.

Williams, in her third year at Vanderbilt as the Assistant Athletic Director for Olympic Sports, has been a catalyst for the improvement of many Commodore teams. She has had administrative oversight responsibilities for women’s basketball and all Vanderbilt varsity squads except football and men’s basketball.

Williams will continue to work with women’s basketball. She will now administer all Olympic sports except baseball and has the overall administrative responsibility for the CHAMPS Life Skills program and the Currey Tennis Center.

“I’m very appreciative of Todd’s confidence in my abilities,” Williams says. “I love to win, I love working with young people, and I believe this athletic department has the potential to be very special.”

“Carla Williams has made a significant difference in her short time at Vanderbilt,” Turner said in his announcement. ”Our Olympic programs have reached new heights under her leadership. Having played and coached in the SEC, she understands what it means to be a successful student-athlete and has the proven ability to transmit that to our students and coaches. I am especially happy that she will now be working with our CHAMPS Life Skills program, which will draw upon her experiences while at Florida State.”

Williams came to Vanderbilt from Florida State, where she served as assistant director of student-athlete development and worked as an academic mentor while earning her Ph.D. degree.

Prior to Florida State, she was an assistant basketball coach at her alma mater, Georgia, for five years. She also served as assistant director of compliance at Georgia. During that time, Georgia won a Southeastern Conference title and made two NCAA Final Four appearances.

Williams was an outstanding basketball player during her collegiate days, playing under her maiden name of Green. She was a member of one SEC Championship team at Georgia, and helped the Lady Bulldogs make the NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite Eight fields on two occasions. She was a member of the USA Select Team in 1989.

Her husband, Brian, is assistant clinical professor at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. They have two daughters, Carmen, 7, and Camryn, 3.


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