Rafeal "Ray" Williams is entering his seventh year of coaching at Grand Valley. Williams came to Grand Valley with seven years of college coaching experience. He works with the Lakers in the sprints, hurdles and relays and has produced several NCAA All-Americans, USTFCCCA Academic All-Americans, and GLIAC Conference Champions.
Williams completed his Masters in Education here at GVSU, and graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., in 1995 with a degree in Urban Sociology. At North Central, Williams was a NCAA Division III All-American in the 110 hurdles in 1995, Team Captain, and three-time CCIW Conference Champion. His efforts helped the Cardinals on their way to a Division III Outdoor National Championship in 1994. Williams was also a member of the DC Capitals Track and Field Club teams from 1996-2000.
Prior to coaching at Grand Valley, Williams was a men's and women's assistant track & field coach at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. where he concentrated on sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers.
In his years preceding the position at Marquette, Williams served as the Director of Student-Athlete Development and men's and women's assistant track and field coach at the University of Detroit for the 2001-2002 season. During his stint with the Titans, four of his athletes captured conference titles.
Before he joined the Detroit program, he was the assistant women's cross country and track and field coach at Western Michigan in 2000-2001 and from 1997-2000 he enjoyed a productive stint as the assistant track and field coach at the University of Chicago. While at Chicago, he coached a three-time NCAA Division III All-American and two NCAA Division III national qualifiers.
In addition to coaching, Williams has worked with the Boy Scouts of America, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), as well as numerous track and field camps, have all benefited from his efforts. Currently he serves as the Undergraduate Advisor for the Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. at GVSU.
Williams and his wife, Danyual, have two sons Daniel and Kamran.