Mindy Williams began her tenure with the Sharks in 2008 and enters her 10th year in 2017-18 as Head Coach of Swimming and Diving at Simmons.
Williams' time at Simmons has been nothing short of spectacular, leading the Sharks to their 13th consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference title in 2016-17, while being named GNAC Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year for the sixth time. In addition, she guided Simmons to a second-place finish at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship, for its highest showing ever, fueled by five individual titles and four relay crowns and was tabbed the NEISDA Coach of the Year for the second time in her career. The Sharks' runner-up effort followed three straight third-place finishes at the New England meet. Williams' swimmers were also showcased at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship for the third year in a row last season, competing against NCAA Division I, II and III squads, while finishing the meet as the top Division III entrant and eighth among all teams.
She was also honored by NEISDA as the 2013-14 Coach of the Year.
During Williams' tenure, the Sharks have finished no lower than 13th at the New England Championship, including six top-eight showings. She's also tutored a quartet of GNAC Swimmer of the Year and two league Rookie of the Year honorees, while seeing a staggering 25 school records broken to go with 11 new pool standards and 22 GNAC marks. In addition, she served as the NEISDA President 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, MN.
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.