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Rick Williamson
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Akron
Graduating Year: 1999
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: 937-775-2771
Email: rick.williamson@wright.edu
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Rick Williamson Biography
Courtesy: WSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: 10/19/2011

Rick Williamson was named head coach of the Wright State cross country and track programs in June 2016.

The women's cross country team placed 1st at the Jenna Strong Classic and 2nd at the 2016 Horizon League Championships.  In 2016, three runners were named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team including Hailey Brumfield and Alexandra Brown from the women's team and Ryan Dunn from the men's team.

Both the Wright State men's and women's cross country teams were each named a 2016- All-Academic Team by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The WSU Women's team posted an average grade point average of 3.54 while the men's squad was listed at 3.36.

In 2016, five track student-athletes were named Academic All-League; Alexandra Brown, Gabrielle Markley, Katie Abrahamowicz, Hailey Brumfield, and Maria Heckman.  Horizon League first team honors went to Brown, Maria Heckman and Doepker; second team Victoria Angelopoulos and Markley, Brooklyn Mikesell received honorable mention.

They won their first ever outdoor meet at the Yellow Jacket Open in Cedarville, Ohio.

Williamson, who was the interim head coach for the track team in 2015-16, served as an assistant coach for the cross country team for five years and track program for four seasons.  During his time as an assistant, the Raiders showed continued improvement, including third-place Horizon League finishes by the women's cross country team in 2015-16 and by the men's cross country and women's outdoor track teams in 2013-14.  That year saw Dan Shafer named as the Wright State Male Athlete of the Year as he finished second at the league meet and won the 10000 meter run at the league outdoor track meet.

In 2012, the Raiders set 10 new track records as Cassandra Lloyd received her second All-American honors by appearing in the NCAA National Meet in Des Moines, Iowa.

Overall, 26 school records in track have been set since Williamson's arrival in the fall of 2011 (16 indoor, 10 outdoor) along with a new 5K record for men's cross country.

Williamson came to WSU after serving one year as head men's and women's cross country and assistant track coach at Notre Dame College of Ohio.  While there, Williamson guided the distance runners to six new school records and five NAIA track qualifiers. 

Prior to Notre Dame, he spent four years as the assistant coach at Northwood (MI) University, where he helped establish 18 new school records and led the women's cross country team to its highest finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meet and at the NCAA Division II regionals.  He also mentored two-time track and field All-American Kylen Cieslak. 

Williamson started his college coaching career at his alma mater, Akron, from 2003-06, where he coached long-distance runners in track and assisted with the cross country team. Williamson-coached distance runners set 11 Akron records and his men's cross country charges earned program-best finishes in the Mid-American Conference in two consecutive seasons. 

Williamson competed for the Zips until he graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in Education (health education).  He continued his education at Akron, obtaining two more degrees in 2001 and 2007.  He set a school mark for the outdoor 5000 meter in 1997 and was named to the All-Mid-American Conference Team in 1996 and 1997.