Laura Williamson was hired in the spring of 2014 to head the Missionaries’ women’s soccer program.
Williamson’s initial campaign with Whitman turned into the program’s first winning record within the Northwest Conference, at 7-5-4, since the 2008 season (9-6-1). Her squad also played to a 9-7-4 record overall, making Williamson’s successful first year the program’s first back-to-back winning marks since it ran off six in a row from 2003 through 2008.
The 2014 team included a trio of second-team all-conference performers along with an honorable mention selection.
Williamson came to Whitman after completing her third season at Vasser College in 2014, posting winning records of 9-8-2 and 9-7-1 in her first two seasons. In 2013, Williamson saw her squad finish with a 4-3-1 record in league play, second-best in program history.
Williamson went to Vassar following a highly successful stint at the Stevens Institute of Technology. Following a 6-12 season her first year in 2009, Williamson was instrumental in a program that won the Empire 8 Conference as the No. 3 seed in 2010 and defended its title the following season without losing a single conference game in capturing both the regular season and conference championships.
She was part of the 2011 Empire 8 Conference Coaching Staff of the Year and helped lead the Stevens Ducks to a first round victory in the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships.
Williamson, who earned her NSCAA Advanced National Diploma in January 2011, is a proven national recruiter who helped land the previous two Empire 8 Conference Rookie of the Year selections to Stevens.
Prior to joining Stevens, Williamson was an assistant women's soccer coach and Administrative Fellow at Smith College from August 2007 to May 2009. She served as head coach of the Brooklyn Patriots U-18 team beginning in August 2011. Williamson was involved in various capacities with the NYC American Youth Soccer Organization (2009-2014), the Western United Soccer Club U-13 (2008) and the Maine Coastal United U-16 (2007).
Williamson is a 2007 graduate of Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in education. She earned her Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College in May 2009.
A women's soccer team captain at Colby in the 2006 season, Williamson graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer in goals and points. She was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2003 and earned All-Conference selection all four seasons.
She earned CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades as a senior in 2007, the same year she was Colby's Marjorie D. Bither Award, presented to the senior female athlete who showed outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and leadership skills during their collegiate years. Williamson also captained the Colby basketball team in the 2005-06 season.