Anthony Williams enters his first season as the head coach of the Clarion baseball team in 2017. A coaching veteran at multiple levels of competition, he brings years of experience as well as ties to the PSAC.
Williams spent the previous five seasons as the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, which competes at the NCAA Division III level. He coached the team to its first-ever winning season in 2012, setting a new single season wins record. His 2014 and 2015 squads would go on to break those records along the way to five straight conference tournament appearances, including a trip to the AMCC Championship game in 2014. The 2016 team went an impressive 13-3 in the AMCC, clinching the #2 seed and the schools best regular season finish. The winningest coach in Pitt-Greensburg history, he notched his 100th career win on April 16 of this year, and the team received votes in the national pre-season poll for the very first time this January.
He’s also shown the ability to raise significant funds at Pitt-Greensburg. Williams fundraised for field projects as well as an annual spring break trip, highlighted by the 2016 team’s trip to Puerto Rico as part of the inaugural Roberto Clemente Cup. He also served as the Director of Athletic Communications at Pitt-Greensburg, managing all media relations for the university’s programs.
In addition to his work at Pitt-Greensburg, Williams has also moonlighted in other roles in that time. He was the manager of the Fayetteville SwampDogs this past summer, coaching a roster of top level college players in the prestigious Coastal Plain League. He’s also been part of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Video Advance Scouting Department for five seasons, helping prepare scouting reports and video for the club.
His past coaching experiences include a stop at the Division I level at University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2011 as well as Frostburg State from 2008-2010. Williams’ helped Frostburg to a regular season championship in 2010.
A native of Pasadena, Maryland, Williams was a standout infielder at Northeast High School, earning All-State honors in 2003 and was a part of the 2001 MD 3A State Championship team. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from Slippery Rock, where he was also a varsity baseball player. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Frostburg State in 2010.