Coach Nikki Williams
|Season(s) Coaching the Divas: 2012-2017
Wide Receivers Coach – 2012-2017
Coach Nikki Williams Q&A
Why did you decide to get into coaching after your playing career was over?
One thing I didn’t want to do was come back and just be a statue, someone who stood around and wasn’t really allowed to be a coach or have any say in what goes on in practice or on game day. When I was hired, Coach Fischer said all along that her coaches would have an opportunity to not just to be a coach in name but to actually put what we practice into play. That made me feel good about coming out here to coach. I knew I wouldn’t feel like I was wasting my time, just standing around and watching. I knew I was going to have an opportunity to actually share what I have learned over the years and give back. I owe a lot to the people in front of me who guided me and coached me and helped me to become a better player, so I felt like I was in a position where I could do the same for others.
What has been your biggest adjustment from playing women’s football to coaching it?
I also think that while we tell our players that they have to have thick skin and be able to take constructive criticism, as a coach, you have to be able to deliver the message in a way that is not hardening to the player. Everybody’s different; everybody can’t be coached the same. You have to get to know the people that you’re coaching. That’s something you kind of have to learn as you go.
How has your background as a women’s football player helped you as a coach?
What is your overall coaching philosophy? How would you like your players to play the game?
On the field, my advice is to play hard and play fierce…give 110 percent whether you’re doing great or not. For the most part, our girls have done that. They’ve always given us all they’ve got, and that’s all we’ve ever asked of them.