Katie Williams

Following a stellar playing career at Johnson County Community College and MidAmerica Nazarene University, Katie Williams enters her fourth season as an assistant coach to the Lady Cavaliers softball program. She was promoted to the first assistant position in May of 2016. 

Last season, JCCC reached the NJCAA D-II National Tournament for the second time in her three seasons on JCCC coaching staff. The Lady Cavaliers finished 2-2 in the tournament, good for a tie for seventh place. JCCC posted a perfect 5-0 record in the Region VI/District D tournament to punch their ticket to Clinton, Miss. The team finished 31-16 overall on the season, and 20-5 in conference play and in second-place. Individually, outfielder Sammi Bates was named to the NJCAA All-America first team for the second year in a row, joining third baseman Kristen Doffing as the only two-time first-team All-Americans in team history. Williams also help coach nine players named as Region VI/District D performers, second only the 10 picked in 2017. Additionally, three of those players were selected as All-Jayhawk D-II Conference performers.

In 2017, Williams helped Johnson County to a 35-7 mark, a Region VI/District D title and a fifth place finish at NJCAA D-II Tournament. She also helped coach two NJCAA All-Americans, a record 10 Region VI/District D selections, and seven all-conference picks, including the 2017 MVP in Megan Deiter and Freshman of the Year, Sammi Bates.

In her first season as an assistant, Williams helped the Lady Cavaliers to a 38-14 record, a No. 13 final NJCAA D-II national ranking and runner-up finishes in both the Kansas Jayhawk D-II Conference and Region VI/District D Tournament.  She also helped coach four All-East Jayhawk Conference performers, including Freshman of Year recipient Dakota Sanders, and three first-team All-Region VI/District D selections.

Williams played for former coach Kelly Latandresse in 2011 and for current coach Aubree Brattin in 2012. As a freshman, Williams garnered second-team All-East Jayhawk Conference honors at pitcher. She logged 137.1 innings and finished with a 9-13 record with 127 strikeouts and staff best ERA of 1.99. She pitched in 29 games, 20 as a starter. She tied for 29th in the NJCAA with a strikeout-per-inning ratio of 0.93. Williams also made 95 plate appearances, batting .253 with 24 hits, seven doubles, a triple a home run, nine RBI and seven runs.

Her sophomore campaign, Williams was named as both All-East Jayhawk Conference and All-Region VI/District E teams. She was a first-team pitcher on both squads. She led the JCCC staff with a 21-4 record, 100 strikeouts and 151.1 innings worked. She finished with an ERA of 2.03 and held her opponents to a .222 batting average. She also started 27 games, completing 16 with eight shutouts.

For her career, Williams finished 30-17 overall, 227 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.02. Her 30 wins tie for 15th all-time. At the plate, Williams hit .434 (56-for-129) with 18 doubles, three home runs, and 39 RBI

Williams reunited with Latendresse at MidAmerica Nazarene for her junior and senior years, where she helped the Lady Pioneers reached the NAIA National Tournament both seasons. Williams was twice honored as a second-team All-Heart of America Conference designated player. She twice earned conference weekly honors, once as a pitcher as a junior and once as a DP her senior year.

She was a .337 hitter in her two seasons at MNU (64-for-190) with 19 doubles, seven home runs and 38 RBI. She produced 21 multiple-hit games and 11 multiple-RBI games over her career. She also logged 129.2 inning with 67 strikeouts and a 10-6 record.

Williams earned her stripes as prep player for Melissa Wible at DeSoto (Kan.) High School. She was twice named All-Frontier League at pitcher, and twice selected to the Lawrence Journal-World All-Area team. She was also named to the Kansas City Star’s All-Metro team her senior year.