Players from the Herd and the NPF team sign autographs during FanFest.
Amanda Williams enters her fifth season with the Thundering Herd. This is her first season as associate head coach.
Williams is a former four-year starter in center field for Marshall. She originally joined the Marshall staff as a volunteer assistant coach in the fall of 2006.In July of 2008, Amanda was named to the position of assistant coach.
Under her direction, Marshall achieved astonishing numbers on the base paths. In 2011, Marshall was number one in the country for stolen bases per game (2.52) after 134 steals. In 2012, Marshall stole one more bases with 135 swipes during the season. Ashley Gue was the speedy leader with 32 steals, the fifth best total in Marshall history. Gue ranked fifth all-time with 77 steals and sits 16 away from second place and 47 from the all-time mark.
With the help of Williams, four of the top five single-season stolen base marks at Marshall have come under her direction.
In the record books Williams is Marshall's career leader in doubles (69), runs (184), and ranks second in batting average (.370), hits (265), walks (93), and total bases (408). She is third in stolen bases with 88. Her 69 doubles ranks her 6th all-time in the NCAA. She was a four-time first team all-conference selection, including three first team all-MAC picks and a first team all-Conference-USA honoree in 2006. Williams was a three-time first team all-region honoree, and also picked up a second-team all-region nod, MAC Freshman of the Year (2003), the Parthanon's 2003 Female Athlete of the Year, and was also named Player of the Week seven times throughout her career. She also excelled in the classroom achieving NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete status and was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
She and twin sister Jessica, were drafted by the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and played their rookie year in 2006, winning a regular-season title with the Bandits. Williams played for the Rockford Thunder from 2007-09, helping lead them to a NPF title in 2009 while also being named a NPF All-Star. In 2010, Williams played for the Tennessee Diamonds while being named captain. In 2011, she was back with the Chicago Bandits and captured her 2nd NPF Championship. She spent the 2012 season with the Bandits, advancing to the Championship Series.
Williams earned her Bachelors of Science degree Cum Laude in exercise physiology with a minor in Psychology in December 2006 and a Master's in athletic administration in 2008 from Marshall.