Steve Williamson is in his first year as Head Women’s Basketball Coach.
Williamson came to William Penn from former league rival Iowa Wesleyan University where he guided the women’s basketball program for the past 12 seasons.
No stranger to change, Williamson was in the middle of his tenure at Iowa Wesleyan when the athletics department moved from NAIA to NCAA Division III.
At IWU, Williamson turned a struggling program into a perennial contender. He owned a 246-147 record, highlighted by six conference titles, five trips to the NAIA National Tournament (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), and three appearances at the USCAA National Tournament (2014, 2015, 2016). He was named USCAA National Coach of the Year in 2016 after leading the Tigers to a national runner-up finish. Williamson was tabbed as conference Coach of the Year in 2006, 2009, and 2010 as well.
Williamson departs Iowa Wesleyan with the best winning percentage in program history, including a record 27 wins in 2009-2010. His 2006-2007 squad reached the national quarterfinals, while the year prior, IWU reached the second round of the tournament.
On the floor, 28 Tigers garnered first-team all-conference awards and 15 collected All-America status (five first-teamers). Williamson also coached four conference Players of the Year.
Williamson’s teams also excelled in the classroom as they averaged a team Grade Point Average of 3.43. He led 42 student-athletes to NAIA Scholar-Athlete or USCAA National All-Academic team laurels.
Williamson broke into the coaching world as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Iowa Wesleyan, serving on the staff from 2000-2004. He helped the Tigers to a conference crown and an NAIA Nationals appearance in 2003-2004. He was also named AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002-2003.
The season before becoming a varsity assistant coach, Williamson was IWU’s head JV coach.
Williamson is a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan in 2000 with a degree in Sport Management. He earned two letters as a member of the basketball team. Prior to coming to IWU, he earned his Associate’s degree from Iowa Lakes Community College where he was also a two-time letterwinner.
Williamson and his wife Courtney have three children: Madison (14), Chase, (12), and Taylor (5).