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Grant Williams
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Linfield
Graduating Year: 2007
Phone: (208) 885-9438
Email: gwilliams@uidaho.edu
Grant Williams begins his second season as assistant coach at Idaho. He oversees the team’s goalkeepers, as well as managing the team’s recruiting. He joined Idaho in 2011 after three seasons as an assistant at Wisconsin-Green Bay.

In his first season with the Vandals, Williams helped the team overcome the loss of two keepers to season-ending injuries and saw four different keepers start at least one game during the year. Despite that, Idaho held 13 opponents below two scores and posted two shutouts and led the WAC in saves and saves per game during the season. The team’s .099 opponent shooting percentage in 2011 was also the fifth-lowest allowed in school history.

Williams’ hiring paid immediate dividends for the Phoenix on defense. After posting a 2.51 goals-against average in 2007 prior to his arrival, Green Bay’s goalkeepers had a 1.36 GAA with four shutouts in 2008, a 1.54 GAA in 2009 and in 2010, posted a 0.88 average with five shutouts. The team’s 15 total goals allowed in 16 games tied a school record and its .866 save percentage ranked 20th in the NCAA.

Under his tutelage, Green Bay goalkeeper Maddie Drusch posted the school’s best career GAA (1.24) and led the Horizon League in 2010 with a 0.91 GAA and an .856 save percentage. She was a 2010 second-team all-Horizon League pick and was picked as the Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month for September. The Phoenix were 12-27-11 (.350) during his time, and posted 13 shutouts. Green Bay allowed no more than one goal 34 times in 50 games while he was an assistant.

Before his time at Green Bay, Williams was a men’s soccer assistant coach at Albion (Mich.) College for one season, in which the Britons posted a 1.18 GAA.

He also has experience coaching at the club level. He was director of goalkeeping for Michigan Rush Central Soccer (Northville, Mich.), for one year, and was a club coach for four years with Portland’s Southside Soccer Club. He holds United States Soccer Federation Advanced National Diploma and Advanced National Goalkeeping coaching certifications.

Williams is a native of Newberg, Ore. He attended Linfield (Ore.) College, where he was a four-year starter for the Wildcat men’s soccer team. He led the team to a 16-3-1 record and an NCAA Division III Tournament berth in 2003. He was a two-time all-conference honoree, and holds school records for minutes and saves. He graduated in 2007 with a degree in Political Science.
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