McWilliams Named New Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Ayana McWilliams was the head coach at Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO) from 2016-2020.
Ayana McWilliams was the head coach at Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO) from 2016-2020.(Lincoln University & LCCC)
Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 12:43 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (LCCC RELEASE) - Interim Athletic Director Dr. Cynthia Henning announced that Ayana McWilliams has been named new Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Laramie County Community College.

McWilliams comes to LCCC after spending four seasons as the head coach at Lincoln University, an NCAA Division II program, in Jefferson City, Mo. from 2016-2020. McWilliams coached Lincoln to its best start in program history in 2018-19 coaching the Blue Tigers to a 9-2 record in the first 11 games of the season. McWilliams guided the Blue Tigers to seven straight wins to open the season, including road wins over Southern Arkansas and Northwest Missouri.

Prior to Lincoln, McWilliams spent five seasons as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level at the University of South Carolina Upstate. While at USC-Upstate, McWilliams was part of a staff that led the Spartans to the best season program history, winning 22 games in 2015-16. During McWilliams time in Spartanburg, S.C., the Spartans made two trips to the post-season, reaching the WBI semifinals in 2016.

The Pensacola, Fla. native served as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division II level at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C. While at Elizabeth City State, McWilliams helped the Vikings win the CIAA Northern Division title in 2010-11 and earn a trip to the semifinals of the CIAA tournament.

McWilliams spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Livingstone College from 2007-09 and one season as an assistant at Winston-Salem State in 2006-07.

McWilliams started her playing career at East Carolina from 2001-2003 before transferring to Brevard College. While at Brevard, McWilliams became the program’s all-time leader in assists (296) and steals (288) while averaging 16.5 points per game, the second-highest scoring average in program history.

McWilliams earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Brevard College in 2005 and received a master’s degree in Sports Management/Sports Coaching from the United States Sports Academy.

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