July 21, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. - Former Northwestern standout Tammy Williams joined the Northern Illinois softball coaching staff Tuesday NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard announced.
"Tammy Williams just finished an exceptional career at Northwestern and is continuing to leave her mark professionally and internationally," Chouinard said. "Her knowledge of the game, charisma and passion for softball will have an immediate impact on our players. I feel honored that Tammy wants to start her coaching career at Northern Illinois and am certain her expertise will continue to take this program to the next level."
Williams, a current member of the Chicago Bandits and USA Softball's Pan American Qualifier Team, started all 232 games at shortstop for the Wildcats from 2006-09. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2008 & 2009), Williams is Northwestern's all-time home run leader with 57 round-trippers, breaking the previous record of 55. Williams also owns NU's career records for hits (310), batting average (.419) and runs (235), as well as numerous single-season records. She finished the 2009 season with 15 home runs and was ranked ninth in the nation in home runs per game (0.33) and 10th in slugging percentage (.839).
A native of Roscoe, Mo., Williams was named to the Lowe's All-Senior All-America first team and ESPN.com's Softball All-America Team in 2009. She was a first-team NFCA All-American her sophomore, junior and senior seasons and a third-team selection her freshman campaign, making her Northwestern's first four-time NFCA All-American. She was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was named to the Women's College World Series All-Tournament team in 2006.
NIU is Williams' first coaching position, and she joins a Huskie softball program looking to build on its 12-10 record in the Mid-American Conference last season and its run in the 2009 MAC Softball Tournament.