Lady Cougars volleyball program welcomes a new head coach
July 31 — The Lassen Community College Lady Cougars volleyball program will be welcoming a new head coach this season.
Amy Williamson is in her eighth season of coaching volleyball and brings a wealth of experience to Lassen Community College. Williamson spent the last year and half as an assistant coach for the University of Nevada, Reno, prior to which she was the head coach of the sand volleyball team and associate head of the indoor squad at Tulane University. The Tulane squad qualified for the NCAA tournament while Williamson was an assistant coach and her 2010 recruiting class earned national recognition.
Williamson is originally from Indiana and grew up playing volleyball. She attended the University of Tennessee where she played volleyball for the Lady Vols, a team that made it to the NCAA tournament in Williamson’s junior and senior years. While playing for Tennessee, she was awarded Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, fist-team All-SEC and honorable mention American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America. With Williamson’s help, Tennessee won the 2004 SEC Tournament, where she was named MVP.
Williamson earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Tennessee and went on to complete a master’s degree in sports management from SUNY Cortland.
Williamson is looking forward to the upcoming season at Lassen Community College. She says she plans to focus mainly on improving the team and changing the culture of the program. Williamson said the program has done a great job in the past of recruiting talented local players, as well as drawing from the state of Nevada — a tradition she plans to continue.
She is hosting youth volleyball camps at Lassen Community College for middle and high school girls at the beginning of August where she will have the chance to meet and connect with potential future players.
“I’m excited to start and meet people in the community," Williamson said.
The Lady Cougars volleyball team will begin practicing Aug. 1.