MUNCIE, Ind. - - Ball State head cross country/track & field coach Randy Heisler has announced changes to his staff, with Amber Williams being promoted to a full-time coach and Brian Williams being named an assistant coach.
Amber Williams, who served as a part-time coach for the Cardinals last season, is the latest NCAA All-American in program history for her effort in the 100m hurdles at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Champions. Williams, who also served as a volunteer coach for Ball State during the 2011-12 season, concluded her collegiate career after the 2008-09 season as the school record holder in both the indoor 60m hurdles (8.19) and the outdoor 100m hurdles (13.18). She captured eight Mid-American Conference individual event titles over her illustrious career, including four indoor titles and four outdoor titles.
“I am so excited not only for Amber but our team, as Amber will be able to provide her coaching, running and training knowledge on a full-time schedule this season,” Heisler said. “When you look at our incoming freshman class and realize the talent in the group, I have to give a lot of the signing success to Amber. She is a dedicated individual who wants nothing more than to see Ball State Track & Field succeed.”
Brian Williams, who will oversee Ball State’s distance runners, joins the Cardinals’ staff after serving as the head cross country coach for both the boys’ and girls’ programs at Frankton High School since the 2000 season. Williams, who was a teacher at both Anderson Community Schools (2004-11) and Frankton-Lapel Community Schools (2011-13), also served as the boys’ and girls’ track coach at Frankton Junior High (2007-08), the boys’ basketball coach at Frankton Junior High (2007-08) and the assistant track & field coach at Frankton High School (2001-02).
Prior to his high school coaching career, Williams was an assistant cross country/track & field coach at his alma mater Anderson University from 1988-96. A 2000 inductee into the Anderson University Athletics Hall of Fame, Williams was a four-time All-American and two-time national champion in the mile run in indoor track. He was a four-time all-conference selection and five-time All-American in outdoor track. In cross country, Williams was a three-time all-conference and all-district runner and a three-time All-American in cross country.
“Brian was an NAIA nation champion for Anderson and has been a very successful coach at both the high school and collegiate levels over the years,” Heisler said. “I could not be more thrilled that someone with Brian’s background and knowledge will be a part of our program. He has taken the position of our distance coach and will be an immediate positive influence for our team.”