Shaun Williamson
Shaun Williamson
Title: Head Lacrosse Coach
Phone: 419-207-4561
Year: Second in 2019-20
Previous College: Lees-McRae '02, California (Pa.) '09
  • Ashland won five games in its first season as a program in the spring of 2019.
  • Williamson is in the midst of his fourth program-building project in women's lacrosse.

Shaun Williamson is in his second season as Ashland University's first women's lacrosse head coach.

He was hired on Oct. 31, 2017, and AU's women's lacrosse program begam competition in the spring of 2019, going 5-11.

Williamson came to Ashland with 15 years of head coaching experience under his belt. He spent the previous seven seasons as the women's lacrosse head coach at NCAA Division III school Berry College in Mt. Berry, Ga. where he launched the program.

The opportunity at AU will be Williamson's fourth program-building project. He previously started the programs at NCAA Division II schools Lees-McRae (N.C.) and Belmont Abbey (N.C.) before becoming the first women's lacrosse coach at Berry.

At Berry, Williamson has compiled a 60-52-1 overall record, having coached five Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association regional All-Americans and 26 All-Southern Athletic Association players. He also mentored the 2017 SAA Newcomer of the Year and the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year. His last four teams have all been named IWLCA Academic Honor Squads.

He was responsible for managing all aspects of the program, including recruiting, travel, off-season training, fundraising and budgeting. At Berry, Williamson also taught courses in the department of kinesiology.

Prior to Berry, Williamson spent four seasons as the head coach at Belmont Abbey where he accrued a 42-32 career record and achieved national success in a short period of time. Williamson coached three All-Americans and seven regional All-Americans at Belmont Abbey. His 2009 team was ranked nationally in the IWLCA coaches' poll for eight weeks and he was also named the 2008 National Coach of the Year for Division II. His teams at Belmont Abbey also excelled in the classroom, earning two IWLCA Academic Honor Squad citations, ranking as high as fifth nationally.

Williamson made his first head coaching stop at Lees-McRae where he spent two seasons building that women's lacrosse program from the ground up.

Williamson also has experience as a coach for USA Athletes International, guiding a team on a tour through Prague, Czech Republic. He has served on numerous committees with the IWLCA and was the SAA chair for women's lacrosse coaches.

Williamson is a 2002 graduate of Lees-McRae, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in history. He was a three-year starting attackman and letterwinner for the Bobcats. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in sport management and intercollegiate athletic administration from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009.