For Immediate Release
July 20, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
LAWTON, Okla. – The Cameron Athletic Department announced Wednesday that Kyle Williams will be joining the staff as the new assistant baseball coach.
Williams joins CU after spending the past six years as the assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. While at Crowder, the program compiled 262 wins and earned their first ever No. 1 national ranking (2013). Williams helped guide Crowder to a Region XVI Championship in 2014 and 2017 and a trip to the NJCAA World Series in 2017.
“Coach Williams stood out among all the candidates,” said CU head coach Brady Huston of his new hire. “He has had tremendous success at Crowder Junior College over the last six years and has really shown the ability to develop explosive offenses and deep player relationships.”
Williams specialized in catchers, hitters, and offensive strategy, overseeing an offense that had a player break the individual home run record in back to back years, increase in run production, batting average, and slugging percentage, and a top-10 offense in 2017. He coached the 2014 NJCAA D1 Gold Glove Catcher and the 2017 Region XVI Defensive Player of the Year. Williams saw 40 players go on to play Division I and II ball, including seven catchers who were recruited to start at the next level, and had 11 players drafted in the MLB Amateur Draft, two named All-Americans, and 27 named All-Region. Serving as the study hall monitor, Williams saw a 95 percent team graduation rate while at Crowder.
“Kyle’s ability to connect with players will be a great asset on the recruiting trail and in the clubhouse. We felt this hire was crucial since we have been without a full time assistant coach the last two seasons and wanted to find someone who was young, hungry, and committed to helping us bring stability to the program. Kyle will help us, as a program, continue moving in a forward direction.”
Williams earned is Associates of Arts from Crowder College and then went on to receive his Bachelors of Art in General Studies from Drury University. He then earned his Master’s in Educational and Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in positive coaching from the University of Missouri.
“I want to ask Cameron University alumni, friends, and family everywhere to welcome Coach Williams with open arms.”
The Springfield, Mo. native is excited to join a CU program who has shown promise in a tough Lone Star Conference in recent years, and sees the community and campus as recruiting assets.
“Cameron is a great university with an amazing campus,” said Williams. “To have the opportunity to join the Aggie family is a privilege and I’m excited to get the ball rolling. Coming onto a coaching staff with Coach Huston, in a conference like the Lone Star, is a challenge that I’m ready to take head on. With the past success of not only the baseball team but the entire athletic department, I look forward to continue the tradition of excellence in Aggie Baseball.”
Here’s what some members of the baseball community said about Williams:
“Kyle was a part of our program for 2 years as a player and 6 years as a coach and made a big impact at Crowder. More recently as a coach he developed a number of hitters into prolific offensive threats that have had success here and beyond at many levels. On the field as well as off he is a tremendous coach and role model. He was an extremely impactful part of our program and I am looking forward to following his success as a coach at Cameron University.”
– Head Coach Travis Lallemand, Crowder College
“Kyle was a tremendous asset to Crowder baseball and our athletic program! Coach Williams displayed a tremendous work ethic and outstanding maturity as a young coach. His knowledge of the game and level headed communication skills are an absolute value at any level and will be greatly missed by roughrider nation. We wish him the absolute best in his time at Cameron University.”
– John Sisemore, Athletic Director Crowder College
“I was fortunate to have Kyle on my coaching staff for 7 summers. He has a relentless work ethic as well as a passion for helping players get better. Kyle is one of the country’s up and coming young coaches; Cameron University is getting a good one. He is an outstanding hitting coach but above and beyond his coaching abilities, Kyle is an even better person.”
– Greg Baxendale, Owner Arkansas Express
“Kyle has a great sense of humor and has the ability to develop a good relationship with people. I am very proud of Kyle’s accomplishments and am confident he will be an asset to Cameron University’s baseball program.”
– Dale Reed, Owner Kansas City Bullets
“Kyle Williams has shown over the last six years his ability to recruit top level talent to Crowder College. His work ethic separates himself not only in recruiting but the amount of extra hours he puts in with his players. He has always had a top notch relationship with players, coaches and administration. I believe his success will continue into the Lone Star Conference. Outstanding work by Coach Huston finding and hiring an outstanding person and coach.”
– Dirk Kinney, St. Louis Cardinals Scout
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