2010-11 Arkansas State Women’s Tennis Head Coach Marcia Williams
Marcia Williams, now in her 31st year as Arkansas State’s head women’s tennis coach, surpassed 300 career victories three years ago and has led the Red Wolves to 21 winning seasons since 1981. Williams was a decorated member of the ASU women’s tennis team and one of the top players in the state from 1976 to 1980, but she now spends her time teaching others how to play the game. And, they play the game well. Williams has used her knowledge and expertise for the game of tennis and continually breathes new life into the Red Wolves’ program each year. The 2011 squad should be no exception. A native of Jonesboro, Williams enters the 2011 season with a career record of 329-231 for a .587 winning percentage. She also has Marina Engelbrect, one of ASU’s most decorated tennis players, on as assistant for the fifth consecutive season. A 1980 graduate of Arkansas State, Williams took over the women’s tennis program that same year and coached her team to a second-place finish in the Arkansas Women’s Intercollegiate Sports Association (AWISA) with an 8-5 record. The following season, her team won the AWISA championship with a 12-3 mark.
William’s Year-by-Year Record at Arkansas State 2010: 2009: 2008: 2007: 2006: 2005: 2004: 2003: 2002: 2001: 2000: 1999: 1998: 1997: 1996: 1995: 1994: 1993: 1992: 1991: 1990: 1989: 1988: 1987: 1986: 1985: 1984: 1983: 1982: 1981:
8-9 (8th in Sun Belt Conference) 13-8 (8th in Sun Belt Conference) 13-10 (7th in Sun Belt Conference) 9-8 (7th in Sun Belt Conference) 12-9 (8th in Sun Belt Conference) 6-11 (10th in Sun Belt Conference) 6-8 (9th in Sun Belt Conference) 11-11 (8th in Sun Belt Conference) 16-8 (4th in Sun Belt Conference) 7-15 (8th in Sun Belt Conference) 17-4 (3rd in Sun Belt Conference) 13-8 (3rd in Sun Belt Conference) 13-7 (3rd in Sun Belt Conference) 12-5 (2nd in Sun Belt Conference) 16-6 (2nd in Sun Belt Conference) 16-1 (3rd in Sun Belt Conference) 11-7 (4th in Sun Belt Conference) 19-7 (4th in Sun Belt Conference) 17-9 (5th in Sun Belt Conference) 11-3 (2nd in American South Conf.) 9-5 (3rd in American South Conf.) 5-12 (5th in American South Conf.) 8-14 (T3rd in American South Conf.) 10-8 (4th in Southland Conference) 11-7 (5th in Southland Conference) 11-6 (3rd in Southland Conference) 6-10 (6th in Southland Conference) 3-7 (4th in Southland Conference) 12-3 (AWISA Champions) 8-5 (2nd in AWISA)
Her commitment to good work in the classroom also pays dividends as the Red Wolves team has been selected as an ITA All-Academic Team each year since 1999. In fact, in 2005, her entire squad received individual ITA academic honors. In addition, the women’s team is almost always at 100 percent for the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Marcia is married to Bob Williams, a former ASU men’s tennis coach and assistant track and field coach who was an outstanding decathlete. Bob was inducted into ASU’s Hall of Honor in 1987, and Marcia joined him as a 1993 inductee. She earned degrees in both elementary education and business administration while at Arkansas State. They have two children—son Matt (23) and daughter, Kara (18).
Totals: 329-231 (.587 winning percentage)
The Williams Family: Bob, Kara, Matt and Marcia.