University School of Milwaukee has announced that Tim Williams has been named the next athletic director effective July 1. He replaces Luke Houdek, who announced his resignation in January to oversee the athletic directors at three Milwaukee-area Lutheran high schools as their association’s new director of athletics.
Williams is currently the director of upper school athletics at Princeton Day School in New Jersey, where he has worked since 2011. That school, which has approximately 1,000 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade, is particularly like USM in its academic and athletic programming, college matriculation, and campus structure—which includes an on-campus ice arena. Williams has previously served in assistant athletic director and athletic director roles at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia and Louisville Collegiate School in Kentucky, and as assistant director for operations at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition, he has served in many different coaching roles, most recently as the varsity boys' basketball coach at Princeton Day.
Williams earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina and an M.S. in exercise and sports science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has also taken graduate-level courses in sports management from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds the title of Certified Master Athletic Administrator from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He has served as vice president of the New Jersey Independent Schools Athletic Association, president of the Women's Ice Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic, and vice president of the Mercer County (New Jersey) Tournament Association, among other leadership roles.
USM’s national search attracted strong candidates from across the country, and Williams stood out as an exceptional fit with USM’s athletic leadership and programming needs at this time. USM’s educational-based athletic program is built on the foundational principles of teamwork, commitment, sportsmanship, discipline, and leadership. Our program supports, not competes with, academics, and embraces the “teacher-as-coach” model, providing opportunities for teachers and students to get to know each other beyond the classroom. USM maintains a no-cut policy, which exemplifies the school’s commitment to providing athletic opportunities for all students. At the same time, the program has built and maintained a high standard of excellence, with a consistent record of success in state tournaments and graduates who go on to participate in college athletics.
Over his 30-year education career as an administrator and coach, Williams has invested his life’s work into his passion for providing a positive athletic experience for independent school students, remarking “I am a strong proponent of the positive effects of athletics for young people in making them more confident, helping them to set and pursue goals, showing them how to work within the aspect of the team, and creating a more healthy individual.” Steve Hancock, USM’s newly appointed head of school, who hired Tim at Princeton Day in 2011 and worked with him for four years, observed, “Tim is an excellent communicator, inspiring motivator, visionary leader, and successful coach.”
A native of North Carolina, Tim and his wife, Kristin, have a son, Ben, a high school sophomore, and two daughters—Betsy, a high school senior, and Bailey, a 7th grader. We are excited to welcome Tim and his family into our USM community and look forward to their arrival in July.