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2016 Coaching Staff

Kim Williams - Head Women's Lacrosse Coach
kwilliams01@wesleyan.edu - (860) 685-2884

Kim Williams, head coach

Kim Williams, who has known nothing but success over her nine years as a college player, assistant coach and head coach in women's lacrosse, takes over the reins of Wesleyan women's lacrosse for the 2016 campaign. Williams becomes the eighth head coach for the Cardinals over their 40-year varsity history. She began her tenure on July 1, 2015 as an adjunct assistant professor of physical education and head women's lacrosse coach at Wesleyan.

Williams comes to Wesleyan after two seasons as head coach at Stockton University in New Jersey, three seasons as an assistant coach at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and four seasons as a stellar competitor at C.W. Post University in Brookville, N.Y. Bringing the Ospreys at Stockton into their first varsity season in 2014, Williams met with immediate success behind a 16-4 victory over Notre Dame (Md.) in the team's varsity opener. Stockton posted a 10-5 record in 2014 and featured the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Year. The Ospreys followed up with a 10-6 mark in 2015 while boasting the NJAC Goaltender of the Year.  Thus Kim brings a career 20-11 record as a head coach with her to Wesleyan.

Williams began her college coaching career with the Mules of Colby from 2011-13 as Colby qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament each year and amassed a brilliant 43-13 overall record, including a 22-7 mark against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rivals. The NESCAC is the top Division III women's lacrosse conference in the nation and had eight teams ranked among the top-20 nationally in the final 2015 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) poll, led by NCAA tournament runner-up Trinity College. No other conference had more than three teams in the top-20.

After a tremendous high-school playing career at West Morris (N.J.), where she earned third-team all-state recognition, Williams played four seasons at C.W. Post, helping Post reach the NCAA Division II tournament each year with one title and three other appearances in the Final Four. She was recognized as an IWLCA All-American three times along with IWLCA Division II Defender of the Year accolades as a sophomore and Womenslacrosse.com Division II Midfielder of the Year recognition as a senior. She also earned first-team all-conference accolades three times.

In addition to her on-the-field laurels, Williams was lauded by the IWLCA, the East Coast Conference and the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) with academic honors during her college playing days. She also earned a Woman of Achievement Award and Distinguished Graduating Student Leadership Award from C.W. Post before graduating magna cum laude in 2010 with a degree in childhood education.

Rachel Welch - Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach

Rachel Welch, assistant coach
Rachel Welch has been named the Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach on Kim Williams' coaching staff for the 2016 season. 

Welch is a 2013 graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey where she earned a degree in Communications. Welch, a four-year member of the Scarlet Knights women's lacrosse program, was a three-time Big-East All-Academic selection as well as being a three-year member of the IWLCA All-Academic Squad.

While at Rutgers, Welch helped organize the team's fundraising efforts on behalf of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The foundation raises awareness and support for children suffering with pediatric brain tumors. She was also a member of the Scarlet Knight's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and was a representative/contributor to the Big East SAAC Blog in 2012. Welch volunteered for several activities, including Read Across America, Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen, and Habitat for Humanity.

After graduation, Welch joined the King's College Women's Lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant, and held that position for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

During her time at King’s College, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the team improved tremendously on the field. The Monarchs saw a boost in their conference win/loss record and earned a playoff berth in 2015. Welch coached five all-conference players in her two years. This past season, two freshmen earned first team all-conference awards - they were the only freshman to get all conference honors in the MAC Freedom Conference. One of the freshmen was also named the MAC Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year. 

Welch is a native of Medford, N.J. and is a graduate of Shawnee High School, earning All-South Jersey honors while twice being named All-Burlington County.