Utah Valley State Names Greg Williams New Wrestling
May 4, 2006
OREM, Utah - Utah Valley State has announced the hiring of
Greg Williams as its new head wrestling coach.
Willliams becomes the second coach in Utah Valley’s short
history as the school will begin its fourth season of NCAA
competition in the fall of 2006.
“We are very excited to have Greg Williams as part of our
athletic program,” said Utah Valley State Director of
Athletics Mike Jacobsen. “We had an
outstanding pool of applicants for our head wrestling
position, which made for a very difficult decision. But
Greg brings with him the total package. He has tremendous
respect in the wrestling community and has the ability to
take our program to the next level. Greg understands where
we are at, while at the same time has a vision for what we
“This is a great opportunity to help bring Utah Valley
wrestling to a higher level. The potential for success
here is huge,” said Williams. “We have a great talent pool
in Utah and we want to continue what Cody (Sanderson) has
been building on the last three years.”
The move to hire Williams comes just days after the
announcement of the newly formed Western Wrestling
Conference (WWC) and Utah Valley’s inclusion in the
conference along with seven other collegiate institutions.
Williams brings to Utah Valley State over 20 years of
coaching experience, including the last 13 as the owner
and coach of the Elite Wrestling Club.
He is a 14-time coach of the Utah National Wrestling Team
and during his coaching career has tutored over 70 high
Williams’ pupils include Justin Ruiz, the #1 ranked Greco
wrestler at 211 lbs. Ruiz is a two-time All-American at
Nebraska and bronze medalist at the World Championships in
Current Utah Valley assistant Gabe Vigil, a Pac-10
champion and four-time NCAA qualifier while at Boise
State, also worked under Williams.
He began his coaching career at Sky View High School in
Smithfield, Utah, where he led the school to an 87-8
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 (9) and Taylor (6).
“Eventually Utah Valley will be a top 20 program…and
higher,” said Williams. “I think the key is getting the
best Utah kids to stay here…while also being able to
recruit some of the best talent throughout the country.”