Chris Williams, who spent 46 weeks ranked as the world’s top amateur in 2012-13 and won six collegiate tournaments at the University of Washington, has been named assistant men’s golf coach at Marquette University.
Williams, a native of Moscow, Idaho, won the Ben Hogan Award in 2013 as the NCAA’s top golfer and was awarded the Mark H. McCormack Medal by The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews as the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in 2012.
As a professional golfer, Williams played on the PGA Tour’s Mackenzie and Latinoamerica tours. He twice competed in the U.S. Open.
“I am overly excited to have Coach Williams join the Marquette family,” Golden Eagles head coach Steve Bailey said in a statement. “He was the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, knows what it takes to be elite and (his) ability to share those experiences with our team will be invaluable.
“But he brings so much more than a world-class player. He exemplifies the character traits that are important to our program and carries a positive energy that’s contagious.”
Williams replaces former assistant Trake Carpenter, who departed for a position at Stanford University in August.
In his collegiate career, Williams earned 28 top-10 finishes, which currently ranks second in University of Washington history. He competed for Team USA in the Walker Cup (2011), the Palmer Cup (2011, 2012), the World Amateur (2012) and the Copa de las Americas (2013).
He earned medalist honors at the NCAA Norman Regional as a junior in 2012 and finished 21st in stroke play that year at the NCAA Championships. In 2010, Williams became the first Husky to claim Pac-10 freshman of the year honors.
“Coaching Chris was inspiring,” said Matt Thurmond, Williams’ former coach at Washington and the current head coach at Arizona State. “He’s tough, passionate, kind, sincere and very driven. He’s an incredible golfer with countless victories and awards. Many times, he got locked into courses and facilities well past dark because he was quietly practicing beyond what anyone could imagine. That drive led him to become the top amateur golfer in the world and someone a coach could always count on to be prepared and ready to play great.
“I’m confident that as he puts that same energy into his coaching, he will be a tremendous coach. He really understands the game and will be invaluable in helping guys along their own golf journey. I’m really happy for Chris and for Marquette golf.”
Williams returned to his alma mater following his professional career to finish his bachelor’s degree in sociology, which he completed in 2019.