Dr. Leroy Williams retired as Bridgewater’s men's golf coach following the 2016-17 season, but will continue to help out the program in a supporting role.
Bridgewater reached the program’s pinnacle moment under Williams in 2010 when the Eagles dethroned Guilford College to earn the school’s first ever ODAC Championship. Williams also led then-junior Mike Redwood to the program’s first individual title at the annual conference championship.
In 2015-16, the Eagles set a new program and tournament scoring record at the Tom Kinder Memorial with an opening round 284. Senior Elijah Tackett earned his second straight GCAA All-American Scholar honor and was the ODAC’s Ted Keller Sportsman of the Year.
In 2011, the Eagles took home the runner-up spot at the ODAC Championships, but more program milestones were reached when Redwood repeated as the conference indivudual flag winner. Redwood became the first player in ODAC history to repeat as the individual champion, and later became the first Bridgewater player to ever qualify as an individual for the NCAA Championships.
Williams coached 25 All-ODAC performers, including four-time honorees Redwood, John Phillips and Grady Ruckman. Williams’ teams have also set the team scoring record on six seperate occasions, most recently with a 303.3 team average during the 2010-11 season.
Under Williams’ tutilege, the Eagles have claimed 25 tournament titles. He has earned ODAC Coach of the Year honors on three occasions.
Dr. Williams came to Bridgewater in 1995 after spending four years as a professor of Computer Science at the United States Naval Academy. He served 22 years in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare specialist and computer engineer and achieved the rank of Commander before his retirement in 1995.
Following the 2013-14 academic year, Williams retired from teaching in the College’s Math and Computer Sciences department after serving as the department chair and as a professor for 19 years.
A native of Euclid, Ohio, Coach Williams received his undergraduate degree from Heidelberg College and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University.