Williford returns for his 16th season as the men’s and women’s tennis coach at Hardin-Simmons.
He has coached 13 ASC Freshmen of the Year, 16 ASC MVPs, four ASC newcomers of the year, an ITA All-American (Lisa Mertz winner of the 2010 ITA West Region Tournament), and three NCAA All-Americans. HSU men’s doubles team earned All-American honors in 2005 after they advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championships semifinals.
In 2007, a first in Hardin-Simmons school history, the Cowgirls and the Cowboys made the NCAA Tournament. He has led both teams to the ASC title in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and ASC West Champions for the men in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 as well as for the women in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In 2005-12 and 2015-17 he was been named ASC Coach of the Year for men, women or both.
His women’s teams are 129-18 against ASC opponents in his career and his men are 136-27.
A 1993 graduate of Howard Payne, Williford had a distinguished tennis career with the Yellow Jackets. He was named first-team All-Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1989, 1990, and 1992.
In 1991, Williford was a qualifier for the NAIA National Tournament. He helped lead his team to the 1991 & 1992 TIAA Championship.
Prior to beginning his college coaching career, he served as Club Pro in West Texas for nine years and was the 1998 and 1999 Permian Basin Pro of the Year. He is USPTA Professional 1, he’s a former USTA Jr. Rec. Committee member, a USTA National Coach, and a USA Tennis National Developmental Coach.
In 2000 he was a People to People Sports Ambassador AD for the USA Jr. Teams to Holland and in 2001 to New Zealand/Australia.