SIU-Carbondale Monday named its first women's soccer head coach in school history.
Grant Williams will lead the newly created program as it prepares for competition in the fall of 2019 and entry into the Missouri Valley Conference in 2020.
Williams is familiar with the Valley after spending the past six seasons at Evansville. He says that's part of what attracted him to the job in Carbondale.
"My knowledge of just the geography of where do we train? Where do we stay? What are the surfaces like? I thought (this) would be invaluable to a new, young team as they are just trying to find their way in the league."
Prior to Evansville, Williams coached three seasons at Eastern Illinois and four more at his alma mater, Western Kentucky.