Williams returns to UC Davis as assistant VB coach

March 28, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - A former UC Davis volunteer assistant coach and honorable mention All-America for the Aggie men’s club, Bryce Williams returns to his alma mater to serve as an assistant coach for Dan Conners, who enters his fourth season at the women’s volleyball helm this fall. Williams previously served on the women’s staffs at TCU, Montana and Northwestern.

“I have always been an advocate of UC Davis volleyball and UC Davis Athletics and now I am excited to be able to come back and work for the program where my volleyball coaching career began,” said Williams. “I am thankful to Dan for giving me this opportunity and I am excited to see what this talented group of student athletes can achieve moving forward.”

A 2013 graduate of UC Davis, Williams was a member of the Aggie women’s staff for most of his undergraduate career while also starring for the men’s club. After receiving his degree in neurobiology, physiology & behavior, he went to Big Ten Conference member Northwestern to become a volunteer assistant. In two seasons with the Wildcats, Williams helped develop two AVCA All-Region setters – Caleigh Ryan (2013) and Taylor Tashima (2014) – in addition to his primary duties of statistical analysis and video breakdown.

His on- and off-court expertise then led him to his first full-time position as assistant coach at University of Montana, member of the Big Sky Conference. Williams’ scope widened to include travel, recruiting, coordinating the team offense during matches, and managing the team’s student staff and practice players. 

Williams then served on the USA Women’s Volleyball staff during the spring 2016, where he continued to perform his mastery of stats/video analysis to prepare Team USA for the Rio Olympic Games. His work included contributions to a USAV study on beach volleyball, as if to provide a segue to his most recent stop in Fort Worth, Texas. Williams became the director of operations for TCU’s indoor volleyball team and an assistant coach for the Horned Frogs’ beach program.

As the director of ops, Williams managed all administrative aspects of TCU’s program, ranging from stats/video analysis to game-day operations to compliance to camps. Meanwhile, he kept his on-court instructional skills sharp as an interim head coach for beach team prior to the arrival of Hector Gutierrez. During that time, Williams developed daily practice plans, managed student-athlete academoic progress, and held weekly meetings with support staff.

“I am looking to bring some passion and consistency in my role as an assistant coach,” Williams said. “I also think my strengths with video and scouting will help make us one of the best prepared teams in the Big West when it comes to scouting our opponents and putting together a game plan. I understand what it is like to be a student at UC Davis and I am excited to be able to share my knowledge with our current players and our incoming recruits.”

As a collegian, Williams was the starting setter for an Aggie club that won back-to-back Northern California Club Volleyball League championships. He was selected as team captain and club president for three years, helped the team to fifth- and ninth-place national finishes, earned two first-team All-NCCVL nods plus the All-America honorable mention. 

Williams joins another Aggie alum, Katie Quinn, who became an assistant coach prior to the 2016 season. Conners, who recently signed a five-year contract extension, will announce the appointment of a director of operations later this spring.