Mindy Williams began her tenure with the Sharks in 2008 and enters her 11th year in 2018-19 as Head Coach of Swimming and Diving at Simmons.
Williams' time at Simmons has been nothing short of spectacular, leading the Sharks to their 14th consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference title in 2017-18, including 10 under her watch, while being named GNAC Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year for the seventh time. In addition, she guided Simmons to its first-ever New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship, fueled by six individual titles and three relay crowns and was tabbed the NEISDA Coach of the Year for the second straight season and third time in her career. The Sharks' title effort followed a second-place showing the year before and three straight third-place finishes prior to that at the New England meet. The 2017-18 campaign was capped by Simmons finishing 26th in its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Division III Championship, led by the first All-American under Williams' watch. The Sharks posted double-digit victories for the fifth straight season under Williams with an 11-2 mark after finishing with a perfect 12-0 dual-meet record the previous season. Simmons extended its winning streak to 15 straight before suffering a loss early in the 2017-18 season.
She was also honored by NEISDA as the 2013-14 Coach of the Year.
During Williams' tenure, the Sharks have compiled an 83-33 (71.6%) dual meet record, including 53-8 (86.9%) over the past five seasons and have finished no lower than 13th at the New England Championship, including seven top-eight showings. She's also tutored five GNAC Swimmer of the Year and three league Rookie of the Year honorees, while seeing a staggering 26 school records broken to go with 12 new pool standards and 21 GNAC marks. In addition, she is the NEISDA President and previously served in the same role for the 2009-2010 campaign.
Williams joined the Simmons coaching staff after four years as Head Swim Coach and Aquatics Director at Regis College in Weston, MA, where she continually grew the women’s swimming and diving program and built a solid foundation for the first-ever men’s swimming and diving team.
A native of Vermont, she received her undergraduate degree in 2003 from Colby College. While at Colby, she competed at the varsity level for four years and was an NCAA qualifier in 2000 and 2003. She won All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors in the 1650, 500 and 200 freestyle relay and served as team Captain her senior year.
Williams started her career as the assistant coach of both swimming and water polo at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
Williams continues to swim at the Masters level, serving on the board of New England Masters. She has routinely earned National Top-Ten rankings.
In addition to her coaching duties, Williams also serves as the department’s Aquatics Director.