James Williams enters into his fifth season as the head coach of the North Carolina A&T women’s bowling team. He took over the program from former A&T bowler Courtney Stith in 2009, and is the third head coach in the program’s history. Williams coached the A&T men’s intramural bowling squad for two years prior to being asked to coach the women’s team as an interim head coach.
Williams has led the team to a 103-178 record in four seasons and has been working to rebuild the program and return it to the glory it enjoyed in its early years. The Aggies won four of the first five MEAC Championship titles, including a three-year run from 2001-02 to 2003-04. As part of his rebuilding efforts, Williams’ last two recruiting classes have included a combined 10 bowlers who have exceptional talent, including 2012-13 MEAC Rookie of the Year Emily Strombeck. Strombeck helped Williams and the Aggies return to the MEAC championships for the first time in four years when the Aggies qualified in 2012-13.
He is known for developing players that are not only talented, but are strong academically and have strong leadership skills. He had three of his five bowlers named to the 2012 MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team, including Cherise Poole and Amber Brown. Williams is also known for creating a learning environment that encourages student-athletes to learn, grown and develop on and off the lanes. A&T bowlers under Williams develop their core skills and perform challenging drills to help develop their decision-making and execution skills, as well as instill competency and confidence, in practice. Under the tutelage of Williams and his assistants, all of whom are certified by the USBC, bowlers develop their skills and face top-notch competition all season long as well as earn a great education.
His goals for this season are to have 80 percent of his team hold a 3.0 GPA or better, to have a team strike rate of 35 percent, a team spare rate of 85 percent and a team single pin spare rate of 90 percent. He hopes to win a MEAC Southern Division Title and to lead the Aggies to their fifth MEAC Championship title in program history in 2012-13.
Williams, who has been bowling since the age of six, competed for youth programs in Germany and Georgia. He also competed for the A&T men’s intramural bowling team from 1994-96. He is a USBC Bronze Certified Coach, and has tallied three 300 games, two 299 games, seven 11 strikes in a row, one 800 series and maintained at least a 215 average for the past 10 years.
Williams also works as a computer consultant for the School of Agriculture and Environmental Science at A&T. He is from Kinston, N.C., and graduated from A&T with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in December 2011.