MARS HILL, N.C. - David Williams has resigned as the head softball coach at Mars Hill College, Athletic Director David Riggins announced today. Williams has accepted the head softball coaching position at Morehead State University in Kentucky. A search for a replacement is underway.
David Riggins stated, "Coach Williams has brought our softball program to an unprecedented level of success. We wish him well in his new endeavor."
Williams accumulated a 179-132 (.576) overall record in six seasons at the helm of the program. Williams commented, "I would like to thank President, Dr. Dan Lunsford and Athletic Director, David Riggins for the opportunity to lead the Mars Hill Softball Program the last six seasons. I will truly miss all of the people I have had the chance to work with. It is extremely hard leaving behind the group of young ladies that make up the Mars Hill Softball Program. They are a family and I am fortunate to have been a part of that."
In 2011, the Lions earned 29 wins. Two Players were named All-South Atlantic Conference and one All-Region. The 2010 Season was capped off with Mars Hill’s first ever trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Lions placed third in the South Atlantic Conference, gathering 29 wins along the way. As a team, the Lions broke two team records that had been set in the previous two seasons (2008 and 2009). The most notable for Fielding Percentage (.975), this was the second best in NCAA Division II for 2010. Two Players were named All-South Atlantic Conference, one All-Region, one Academic All-Region, and one South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The 2009 Season saw the Lions finish in second place in the South Atlantic Conference, the highest finish in school history. As a result of this finish, six players earned All-Conference Honors, in addition to one being named South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year. Two players earned All-Region accolades. During the 2008 Season the Lions won a school record 39 games en route to the SAC Tournament Championship Game. This eclipsed the previous school record of 34 set in the 2007 campaign when Williams was named the 2007 South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. While competing in the 2008 season the Lions broke 12 single season team records and tied another. In 2008 several players earning post season awards. One player was First Team All-American; three players were named All-Region, three All-Conference, four All-Tournament, two ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District, in addition to one being named South Atlantic Scholar Athlete of the Year and one South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year.