Fort Valley, GA— Fort Valley State University (FVSU) has announced the appointment of Andrea Williams as head women's basketball coach. Whiiiams was introduced at a press conference on Tuesday. (Oct 1) . She brings over 24 years of experience having coached on the staffs of two NCAA Division I schools — Indiana University Purdue University (IUPU) in Fort Wayne, Indiana (Summit League) and Oakland University in Michigan (Horizon League).
“Fort Valley State University welcomes Andrea Williams as a coach and mentor who will position our women’s basketball team members for victory on the court, in the classroom, and in the community,” said Anthony Holloman, vice president for university advancement and interim athletics director. “Her depth and breadth of experience is hard to match, and we look forward to her leading our reemergence as a championship program.”
Affectionately known as “Coach A,” Williams also served as the head coach of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s (USAFA) women’s basketball program. Prior to her work at USAFA, she served as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa, and Jacksonville University, where the JU Dolphins defeated talented teams including the University of Miami, University of Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast University. She began her coaching career at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, followed by a head coaching role at Waynesburg State University in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.
“I’m looking forward to working with the women on the team, bringing in more recruits, and continuing the powerful tradition of winning women’s basketball teams at Fort Valley State University,” said Coach Williams. “We’ll achieve success in the SIAC by bringing everyone together, being unified, and working towards the same goal. We will also focus on ensuring that our players are strong academically and then can put everything together on the court.”
Williams begins coaching duties immediately.
At the same press conference, FVSU introduced Terry Rhodes as the new head coach for cross country and track & field.
Rhodes comes to FVSU after spending the last three years as Jackson State's assistant cross country and track & field coach.
A Chicagoland native, who completed in high school in metro Atlanta, Rhodes started the Spartanburg Methodist cross country and track & field programs in 2013. In a short time, while at SMC, his squad's won two conference women's cross country titles and one men's conference crown, while his men's and women's track & field programs captured the Mid East Juco Challenge championship. Rhodes guided over 25 track & field athletes qualify for nationals and two top eight women's cross country runners, including a national runner up.
The former SEC athlete at the University of Mississippi started his collegiate coaching career at Chattahoochee Technical College in Metro Atlanta. Following his first year, Rhodes was named Associate Head Coach and directed multiple academic All-Americans, had over 80 athletes compete NJCAA D1 National Championships, and multiple national championship scorers, including an individual national champion and a national runner up. At Chatt Tech, he also hosted, co-coordinated and managed the National Junior College Half Marathon Championship. The program also won the 2012 Outdoor Women's Super Regional Championship and the runner-up team for the 2012 Outdoor Men's Super Regional Championship.