Chicago Bandits softball star Tammy Williams brings her unique skill set and loads of playing experience to the Blue Demons as the program's newest assistant coach for the 2014 season.
A former Northwestern All-American, Williams has continued her playing career since graduating in 2009. She was selected in the second round of the 2009 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Chicago Bandits and recently completed her fourth season with the team by leading the Bandits to a regular season NPF title.
Named All-NPF as a shortstop in 2013, Williams finished third in the league with a .362 batting average while collecting 55 hits and five homers.
A member of Team USA softball, Williams also brought home championships at the 2010 World Cup of Softball and ISF World Championships. During a 2009 run to the Pan American Games Gold Medal, Williams had a team-high eight doubles and committed zero errors at shortstop.
Her remarkable pro career has roots in Chicagoland, as Williams starred collegiately at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. During her four seasons (2006-2009) as a Wildcat, Williams started every game at the shortstop position and broke the school's all-time home run record with 57 career bombs.
One of the all-time greats at NU, Williams was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and three-time NFCA First Team All-American.
An impact player from the moment she stepped on campus, she was selected the 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and proceeded to shatter several Wildcat records. At NU, Williams holds the marks for longest hitting streak (24 games) and single-season records for hits (91), runs (73), total bases (155), batting average (.440) and on-base percentage (.538).
Williams is also recognized as a tremendous leader off the field, evidenced by her 2011 Female Achievement Award from Pop Warner - the nation's largest and oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization. The honor is presented annually to a woman who displays remarkable strength of character and leadership in attaining achievements in her life, while inspiring others.
The fifth member of her family to play collegiate athletics, she graduated from Northwestern in 2009 with a degree in human development and psychological services along with a minor in business institutions.