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
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
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
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
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.