After losing earlier in the day, both Jade Rauser and Josh Wilson stayed alive at Nationals with victories Thursday evening.
Entering his eighth year at the helm of Utah Valley University, head wrestling coach Greg Williams has taken Wolverine wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in each of the past four seasons. In 2011 he also coached UVU's first-ever wrestling All-American in 125-pounder Ben Kjar, as Kjar placed fourth at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships.
In 2009-10, Williams had his most successful year when he led his team to a 10-3 overall record and a second place conference finish at 4-1. That year Williams also coached UVU's first-ever NCAA Division I qualifiers as three Wolverine wrestlers punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships.
In the past four seasons, Williams has helped guide 10 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. This past year (2012-13), he matched a program high by sending three of his wrestlers to Nationals. He has also coached a total of four conference champions and 15 Academic All-Americans during his tenure in Orem.
Williams coached his first conference champion that season as Flint Ray (133 lbs.) became the first Wolverine to win his weight bracket at the WWC Championships. In 09-10, Williams picked up UVU's inaugural victory over a nationally-ranked program as his Wolverines upset the then ranked No. 8 Boise State Broncos at home by a score of 22-20.
In 2008-09, Williams coached his Wolverines to a school-record in victories with an 11-3 clip. Williams' Utah Valley grapplers also posted a 4-1 record in the Western Wrestling Conference that season as well.
In Williams' seven seasons of coaching at UVU he has a tallied an overall record of 53-47. In his first season (2006-07), he posted a 6-12 record and in 2007-08 his squad finished at 9-11 and also picked up the Wolverines first dual victory in Western Wrestling Conference action with a 39-4 win over South Dakota State. In 2010-11 Williams led his team to a 5-4 record, in 2011-12 he led his young squad to a 6-10 clip and this past season his team went 6-4.
Willliams is the second coach in Utah Valley's short history as the school will begin its 10th season of NCAA competition this fall.
Williams brings to UVU over 20 years of coaching experience, including 13 years as the owner and coach of the Elite Wrestling Club prior coming to Utah Valley.
He is a 14-time coach of the Utah National Wrestling Team and during his coaching career has tutored over 70 high school All-Americans.
Williams' pupils include current UVU assistant coach, Justin Ruiz, who was previously the No. 1 ranked Greco wrestler at 211 lbs. Ruiz was a two-time All-American at Nebraska and bronze medalist at the World Championships in 2005.
He began his coaching career at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah, where he led the school to an 87-8 record.
Williams, a native of San Diego, California, graduated from University High School in 1979 where he was a California State Champion.
From there, he moved on to Utah State University in Logan, Utah and was an All-American and a three-time NCAA qualifier for the Aggies.
Williams graduated from Utah State in 1985 with a degree in Marketing Education. He and his wife Kristin have two children, Alexis and Taylor.