PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Prairie View A&M tennis teams turned the pages in their collective history this week when the school announced the hiring of Duane Williams to serve as the head coach.
Williams is no stranger to Prairie View A&M, having served as an assistant coach for the Panthers and Lady Panthers from 2009 to 2013. He comes to Prairie View A&M from the Masters International Tennis Academy in the Woodlands, Texas, where he was the head tennis coach.
A native of Barbados, Williams brings a wealth of experience as a player and coach, and experienced success in both collegiate and international competition. A 2002 graduate of Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Williams was part of three America East Conference championships as a player.
At the international level, Williams competed for Barbados six times in the Americas Zone of qualifiers for the Davis Cup, tennis' premier international team event. He also represented Barbados at the Pan American Games and Central American and Caribbean Games in 2003. That year, Williams was also the singles and doubles champion at the Esso Nationals in Barbados.
Williams' tenure with Prairie View A&M included two Southwestern Athletic Conference men's tennis championships in 2010 and again in 2013.
Williams also served as the resident tennis coaching professional at clubs in two nations. Between his stint as the assistant coach at Prairie View A&M, Williams served as the coaching tennis professional at Forest Oaks Swim and Racquet Club in Spring, Texas, where he implemented the training program for the Junior Academy for players ages 11 and 18. He also developed the Quick Start program for players under the age of 10.