PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College has named Assistant Coach Josh Williams to the position of Head Coach for the Express men’s golf program. Williams becomes the third Head Coach in program history and succeeds Gil Guerrero, who retired after coaching the program for the past six years.
“Coach Williams really stepped up and took on a number of added responsibilities last year with the men’s golf program,” stated Rudy Yovich, Owens Director of Athletics. “I was impressed with his work ethic, knowledge, concern for his student-athletes and love for Owens Community College. He is incredibly well respected by his peers within the conference and local golf community, and I am truly excited to see him lead the program.”
Williams has been part of the Express men’s golf program since its inception. From 2005-07, he was a student-athlete in the program, and he has been an Assistant Coach for the past five years. In those seven years, the program has sent either an individual or the team to the NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament on five occasions.
“That goes to show you the quality of players and young men that have came through this golf program over the years,” Williams said. “I look forward to bringing more success to the already rich tradition of achievements of the Express men’s golf program. I can assure you that I will bring more quality players to represent, not only the golf program, but Owens Community College.”
Last year, the Express golf team captured and/or finished tied for four match and invitational titles, highlighted by a third-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Championship Invitational. The program also finished second in the NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional championship after a round of 316 at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg. Additionally, Owens placed fourth in the NJCAA Region XII Golf Championship.
During his two years as a student-athlete, Williams was a First Team All-OCCAC selection, an NJCAA Division II Sub-Regional Medalist, a team captain, a Coaches Award recipient and was a member of the 2005-06 NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament qualifying team, where he finished 114th individually. Williams still holds the program record for lowest nine hole score (30).
Additionally, Williams played four years of basketball, golf and track, along with one year of football at Arcadia High School. He is a member of the Arcadia High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Perrysburg resident serves as the Vice President of Operations at Lakeland Golf Course in Fostoria, and he also teaches golf lessons at Maumee Sports Mall. For the past six years, Williams has taught classes as an Adjunct Instructor for Owens. He is currently working towards a degree in sport management and athletic administration from Ashford University.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.