Clifton Williams was named Hagerstown Community College’s (HCC) first head women’s soccer coach in February 2017.
A 1985 Hagerstown Junior College graduate, Williams takes the helm as the women’s soccer program embarks on their inaugural season. He comes to Hagerstown after most recently serving as head coach for the Lord Fairfax Community College Women's Club Soccer program and having previously served as a volunteer assistant coach for the HCC men’s soccer program from 2012 to 2014.
For the past 28 years, Williams has been a pillar in the local soccer community. Williams currently serves as President of Tri-County Soccer Club in Martinsburg, West Virginia, a position he has held since 2007. Since taking over as President the club has grown from 5 teams and 100 players to 27 teams and 400 players competing in the NCSL and ODSL leagues in the Washington DC/Baltimore region.
In 2015, he was the head coach for the Martinsburg High School Varsity Boys’ Soccer team where he led Martinsburg to the semifinals of the Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference (EPAC) sectional tournament. Williams has also found success at the youth level where he coached the TCSC Thunder U-14 Boys team to a second-place finish in the 2012 West Virginia State Cup and the #2 ranking in West Virginia. He also led his U-17 TCSC Girls team to a #3 ranking in the state of West Virginia during the 2012 & 2014 seasons. Over the years, Williams has coached numerous teams to undefeated seasons, while also coaching Division I and II Competitive teams in the Mason Dixon Soccer League (MDSL).
Williams has also spent countless hours’ volunteer coaching for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) (1988-1991), Hagerstown Soccer Club (1989-1991), Eastern Panhandle Inter County (EPIC) Soccer Club (1992-1995), US Amateur Open Men’s Soccer (1988- 2016) and Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Soccer (2003-2012).
A student-athlete in his own right, Williams participated in Track & Field, Cross Country, Biathlon and Triathlon while attending Hagerstown Junior College and Linganore High School where he was Regional & State Champion in Track & Field.
Williams soccer career as a player began in 1988 when he played in MDSL Div-II and later moved to the MSSA Div-11 & D-I competitive leagues.
Williams holds a USSF National "D" coaching license. In 2017, he was named WVSA District Commissioner for the Eastern Panhandle. Williams is also a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) and The National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Education Program.
Williams earned his Associate in Arts (AA) degree from Hagerstown Junior College in Physical Training and Musicology and is currently working towards his Bachelor of Science in Applied Management at Grand Canyon University. At his Hagerstown Junior College commencement, Williams received the prestigious “William Dale Clopper Memorial Human Kindness Award.”
Williams and his wife, Samantha, reside in Martinsburg, West Virginia.