Cross Country Coaching Staff
Milton Williams was named the head track and cross country coach in December 2004 after three seasons as associate head coach. Williams has been named the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year three times: 2005 women's, 2007 men's, and 2010 men's.
Williams brings several years of experience into his role as head coach for the track, field and cross country programs at UALR. Besides his coaching background, Williams has also competed - and been successful - at Olympic-level venues. He was an NAIA All-American in the shot put in 1980 and a 1984 Olympic trial qualifier in the shot put as well.
Since joining UALR, Williams has worked with Chris Johnson, the first Trojan male athlete to be selected as All-American twice in one year. Johnson -- a seven-time NCAA qualifier -- holds three UALR school records and has won three Sun Belt Conference championships. James Lundberg has set four school records in jumps, won a Sun Belt championship, and has qualified for the NCAAs four times while working with Williams.
Williams has also worked with Whitney Kerth, the first female or male cross country athlete to receive four NCAA All-Region Cross Country honors and ten career Sun Belt Conference Runner of the Week honors. She also earned four All-Sun Belt conference honors.
Williams earned Sun Belt Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year after leading the men's team to the championship title. During the indoor and outdoor track seasons, Williams coach Demond Burns who set a new indoor track school record in the 200-meter dash and qualified for the NCAA West Regional in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash for the outdoor season. Nathan Carr won 800-meter run Sun Belt Conference titles for both indoor and outdoor becoming the first Trojan in that event to do so in the same season.
In the 2011-12 athletic year, Williams led the men's cross country team to a runner-up finish at the Sun Belt Championships in Bowling Green, Ky. Felix Maritim and Dustin Mettler each received All-Sun Belt honors after placing seventh and eighth, respectively, in the men's 8K. The women's cross country team placed fourth at the conference championships with Erika LaCroix and Sanna Mustonen garnering All-Sun Belt accolades. Both teams advanced to the NCAA South Central Regional, where the men's team placed ninth and the women's team collected a 15th-place finish. Maritim received NCAA All-Region honors after placing 21st of 119 runners in the men's 10K.
The 2012 Sun Belt Indoor season saw Nathan Carr repeat as the 800-meter indoor champion, becoming the first UALR athlete since Leo Settle (1997-98) to capture back-to-back indoor championships in the same event. The indoor championships also saw the Trojans win both the men's and women's distance medley relays.
The 2012 Outdoor season saw Demond Burns (100-meters, 200-meters), Taron Dunn (triple jump) and Jason Belt (discus throw) qualify for NCAA Regionals.
For the 2010-11 season, Williams coached the men's cross country team to a third place finish and women's team fifth place at the Sun Belt Conference Championships as well as Johnny Purvis to an All-Region honor. Two Trojans competed at the NCAA West Regional, including the first four-time straight regional competitor Kirby Atkins in the discus. Demond Burns competed in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash and became the first Trojan since Chris Johnson to advance to the semi-finals in the 200 meters.
In 2009, Williams coached Kirby Atkins to two conference titles in the discus and hammer and Jonathan Cherono in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He also coached four athletes for the second straight season to the NCAA Mideast Region with Kirby Atkins (hammer and discus), Aaron Bate (1,500-meter run), Jonathan Cherono (3,000-meter steeplechase), and Demond Burns (200-meter dash).
In 2008, Williams coached four athletes to the NCAA Mideast Region with Kirby Atkins (hammer and discus), Jeremy Greenwood (200-meter dash), Aaron Batey (1,500-meter run), and Pepper Foster (100-meter dash) performing. He also saw Aaron Batey earn the Sun Belt Conference Meet Top Meet Scorer for the first time in ten years.
In 2005, Williams was named the Sun Belt Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year after the women's team won the Sun Belt Cross Country Championships. In 2007, he was named the Sun Belt Conference Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year after leading the men's team to their first title since 2002.
Williams also coached Sherri Boykins to two outdoor Sun Belt Conference titles in the 100-meter hurdles and Greg Lee to conference championships in the hurdles.
Previous to UALR, Williams was head track and cross country coach at Cabot High School in his hometown of Cabot, Ark.
From 1986 to 1990, Williams was head strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana State University where he directed strength programs for all LSU teams, several of which went on to conference and national championships.
During his tenure in overseeing the weight and conditioning programs at LSU, Williams worked closely with four basketball players - Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Jackson, John Williams and Stanley Roberts - who were first-round NBA draft picks.
Williams graduated from Arkansas-Monticello in 1982, and received his master's from Northeast Louisiana University in 1984.
Williams' wife Donna is an art teacher at Cabot Middle School. The couple has three children: John, Jesse and Kaci.