Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced Rich Williams as the new men’s and women’s golf coach on Friday, effective immediately. Williams replaces Scott Wilkerson, who is retiring after leading the program for 10 years, including bringing back women’s golf five years ago.
Williams served as a volunteer assistant last season for the Bulldogs. The Franklin, Tenn., native has worked in a variety of roles within the golf industry, including as an assistant and head professional at Indian Hills Golf Club in Murfreesboro, The Little Course as Aspen Grove in Franklin, The Polo Club in Boca Raton, Fla., and Gaylord Springs Golf Club in Nashville.
He was an independent sales representative from 1998-2007, including apparel for Nicklaus, Slazenger, Boast, Smith & Tweed, Robert Bryan, EP Pro, Bette & Court, Marcia and Sunderland of Scotland; headwear for Texace and American Dry Goods; and club manufacturers Nickent, La Jolla, Never Compromise, Stx putters and Zevo.
Williams worked at SeeMore Putter Company as well, collaborating with special buying groups such as Golf USA, Pro Golf Discount and NGBA to develop individualized buying programs. He also represented the company at customer tradeshows and special events and was a PGA member from 1996-06.
Williams received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in 1992.