Joe Williams
Joe Williams

Last College:
Iowa 1998

Position:
Volunteer Assistant Coach


E-Mail Coach Williams joewilliams@niu.edu

Williams is one of the most decorated wrestling athletes in United States history, as he was a four-time Illinois High School Association champion for Mount Carmel High School, two-time Big Ten Champion, 10-time Midlands Champion, six-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion and a two-time World Bronze medalist.

"I look forward to working alongside some great coaches and great athletes and look forward to competing for both individual and NCAA team titles," Williams said.

Williams finished his high school career with a record of 171-1, with his only loss coming as a result of an illegal slam as a freshman. At Iowa, Williams was 129-9 overall with a winning percentage of .935, which is good for ninth in Hawkeye history.

The Harvey, Ill., native spent four seasons at Iowa on the Hawkeye athletic staff, serving as the strength and conditioning coach in 2001, followed by three seasons as an Assistant Coach on Jim Zalesky's staff, including a second-place team finish at the 2004 NCAA Championships. Last season, Williams was a volunteer assistant coach for Iowa State.

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