Jen Williams enters her ninth year as the head coach of the MIT softball team in 2019 after leading the Engineers to their first NEWMAC Championship and second appearance in the College World Series in 2018.
In 2018, the Engineers won their first-ever NEWMAC Championship, hosted NCAA regionals for the first time in program history and went on a run all the way to Oklahoma City. In all, MIT broke 18 team records in 2018 and finished as the No. 8 team in the nation. At the end of the year, Wililams was awarded with NEWMAC Coach of the Year and NCAA Division III New England Coach of the Year accolades. The year prior, Williams became the winningest coach in program history and now has 168 victories under her belt since taking over head coaching duties in 2011.
In 2016 the MIT softball team - in just its second NCAA Tournament - advanced through regionals and super regionals to reach the College World Series as the Engineers finished fifth overall and No. 7 in the final NFCA national coaches poll. During her tenure, the Cardinal and Gray has generated double-digit wins in six of the last seven seasons and produced the Institute’s first 20-win campaign. Williams also became the second coach in program history to reach the 100-win plateau after finishing the year 34-14 overall and 16-2 in NEWMAC play and first to garner NFCA New England Coaching Staff of the Year accolades.
Williams arrived in Cambridge after spending one year at Southern New Hampshire University where she worked closely with the Penmen pitching staff while also assisting in infield and hitting instruction.
Prior to her stint at Southern New Hampshire, Williams spent two years as an assistant for the Smith College softball team as she pursued a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science and Sports Studies. Williams’ coaching experience extends overseas as well, as she served as the Pitching Coach for the Swedish Junior and Senior National Teams in the summer of 2008. She also assisted the Enköping Softball Club while in Sweden and has a wealth of instructional and clinical experience.
Williams graduated from Middlebury College in 2007, where she was a four-year member of the Panthers’ softball team while an undergraduate. She graduated as the all-time leader in career wins (32), complete games (41), and most innings pitched (327.1).
Currently, Williams is also MIT’s Director of Sports Performance. Serving the Engineers’ 33 varsity teams, she provides year round instruction and guidance in the weight room and on the field.
In addition, Williams currently serves as a New England Region Head Coach Representative on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Head Coaches Committee, which assimilates and distributes NFCA and softball priorities to the Division III coaching body. Williams attended the Alliance of Women Coaches Women’s Coaches Academy in 2014, and is currently an Alliance of Women Coaches member.