July 6, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Stefanie Williams, a 28-time All-American and four-time national champion for Georgia's swimming team, has been named as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs, according to an announcement Friday by head coach Jack Bauerle.
Williams spent the previous four years on the coaching staff of the Ohio State's women's team, including serving last season as associate head coach. She also was an assistant coach for Missouri's men and women for three years and at Bloomsburg for one year.
"We are so happy that Stef is rejoining our program as a member of the coaching staff," Bauerle said. "She has done a fantastic job coaching the last few years, and she's earned the respect of college coaches and club coaches alike. She will be a great addition to our program. Stef was a tremendous competitor during her swimming career, and she'll be a great role model for our student-athletes. She knows the right way to do things both in and out of the water."
Williams helped the Lady Bulldogs win three NCAA and three SEC titles during her career from 1999-2002. She earned the maximum 28 All-America certificates (24 First-Team and four Honorable Mention). Williams was a member of four national championship relays, helping the 200 and 400 freestyle relays set American records in 2002. She was a two-time SEC champion in the 200 freestyle and was on 10 victorious relays at the SECs. Williams left Georgia with the school mark in the 200 freestyle and still ranks in the top 10 in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle. A team captain her senior year, Williams twice was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and graduated with a degree in Sports Communications.
"I'm extremely excited at the opportunity to go back to my alma mater and work alongside Jack, Harvey (Humphries), Jerry (Champer) and Brian (Smith)," Williams said. "The program they have built is top notch. I know Georgia swimming has such great tradition and history, and I'm looking forward to developing the student-athletes both in the pool and out of the pool. It has always been a dream of mine to coach at the University of Georgia. I had a magical experience at Georgia when I swam, and I'm going home."
Williams will be replacing Carol Capitani, who was named the women's head coach for Texas.