Scott-Williams Takes Over At UNLV
July 20, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Yvonne Scott-Williams has been hired as the fourth head coach in Rebel track and field history, UNLV Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick announced on Friday.
Scott-Williams will begin her first head coaching position after serving as the sprints and hurdles coach at Long Beach State for the past three years. While at Long Beach State she mentored student-athletes who earned All-Big West honors 29 times and broke 10 school records.
"Yvonne Scott-Williams met all of our criteria for a new head coach," Hamrick said. "A national search was conducted and I am confident that Scott-Williams is the coach that can once again have the UNLV track and field program become a strong competitor on the conference and national levels."
Scott-Williams officially begins her tenure at UNLV on August 1, where she replaces Barbara Ferrell-Edmonson, who resigned in May after five seasons with the Rebels.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead a team that has the potential of being a strong force in the Mountain West Conference," Scott-Williams said. "I intend to work hard to bring Rebel track and field back to what it is capable of."
Scott-Williams started her coaching career at Sacramento State as an assistant from 1999-2001, supervising the Hornets' sprinters and hurdlers. The two-time Olympian entered coaching following a stellar career on the track.
Scott-Williams was a member of the Japanese National Program from 1996-2004, qualifying for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta and then the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 100-meter hurdles, where she reached the semifinals. She was an eight-time Japanese National Champion, winning the 100-meter hurdles six consecutive years from 1995-2000, and then again in 2002 and 2003. She is the Japanese national record holder in both the 60- and 100-meter hurdles.
As a student-athlete at the University of Colorado, she earned All-America honors in 1996 and was a three-time Big Eight Champion in the 100-meter hurdles. In 1996 she set the school record in the 100-meter hurdles (12.98) and recorded the second-fastest time in the 100 meters (11.68) on her way to becoming an All-American.
Scott-Williams earned her bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies from Colorado in 1996. She is married to Robert Williams and the couple has a son, Jordan.