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May, 2021

Ashley Williams Joins ECNL Staff

Raleigh, NC – NCFC Youth Girls ECNL Director, Bobby Johnston, announces the addition of Ashley Williams to our Girls ECNL Coaching Staff. Williams comes on the heels of her fourth year as an assistant coach with the Randolph-Macon Women’s Soccer team and head coach with the Richmond Strikers.

“We are incredibly excited to bring Ashley on board,” says Bobby Johnston. “She brings a wealth of experience coaching at the collegiate level with Randolph-Macon and on the club level with the Richmond Strikers. Her enthusiasm for the game and along with her knowledge and background will greatly benefit our ECNL program.”

A Virginia native, Williams was a four-year starter at the University of Richmond, where she captained the team her senior year. Off the field, Williams was chosen as the representative of the women's soccer team on UR's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2015, before continuing her education with a Masters of Education in Sports Leadership from the Center for Sport Leadership Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. While in graduate school, Williams was a soccer administration graduate assistant with the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), and ran the satellite headquarters for all ECNL national events.

Following graduation, Ashley began her club coaching career with the Richmond Strikers.  Since 2016, she has held head coaching roles with their elite program and most recently as an ECNL Coach with Richmond United. Williams also spent the summer of 2018 in Costa Rica as a coach with Beyond Sports, leading a team through play against local Division I Costa Rican club teams. Since 2017 Williams has been an Assistant Coach with Randolph-Macon College Women’s Soccer, helping lead the program to win two ODAC Championship titles in 2018 and 2019, as well as earn an automatic bid to the NCAA DIII Tournament in 2019 for the first time since 1996.

“Ashley has a tremendous ability to connect, guide, teach, and develop players and teams,” says Richmond United ECNL Director, Aaron Brunner. “Her game insight and understanding along with her desire to compete will catapult her players to new heights, performances, and achievements. She will do great things at NCFC Youth.”


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