Williamson departs UChicago; Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Trinity (CT)

Trinity Athletics is excited to announce the hiring of Maria Williamson as the seventh head coach in Trinity College Women’s Basketball history. Williamson will join the Bantams after serving as head coach at the University of Chicago for the last four years.
“We are thrilled to welcome Maria to Trinity,” said Director of Athletics Drew Galbraith. “Her dynamic personality, basketball intelligence, and commitment to a holistic student-athlete experience make her the perfect fit to lead our program forward. With her experience and passion, we’re confident she will guide our talented team to future championships and help our players excel in every aspect of their time as Bantam.”
While at UChicago, Williamson totaled a 53-24 record, including a 23-5 mark during the 2022-23 season where she guided the Maroons to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament. The 23-win season was the fourth-highest win total in program history. Williamson and her coaching staff were honored as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Coaching Staff of the Year. Williamson had seven players earn All-UAA status, including three First Team selections, and a pair of D3hoops.com Second Team All-Region selections.
“I am thrilled to become the next Women’s Basketball Head Coach at Trinity College,” said Williamson. “I’d like to thank Director of Athletics Drew Galbraith and the search committee for the opportunity and their incredibly thoughtful process. The Trinity community made a lasting impact on me with how special and successful it is, and how everyone cares about the overall-student-athlete experience and enhancement of it. The team has been one of the best in the country over the last couple of years and I’m excited to continue to build it to new heights with this talented group of women.”
Prior to receiving the head coaching position at UChicago, Williamson served as an assistant coach at Loyola University-Chicago, Dartmouth College, and the United States Naval Academy. At Loyola, Williamson served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for four years, bringing in six Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team honorees and helped increase the team’s win total by 13 wins over the four-year span.
While at Dartmouth, Williamson was an assistant coach, guard coach and recruiting coordinator for three years. Under Williamson’s watch, Dartmouth’s defense finished in the Top 3 in the Ivy League and ranked Top 100 Nationally for two seasons. In 2016, Williamson brought in the highest ranked recruiting class in program history.
Williamson helped bring the first of three Patriot League Championships to the Naval Academy, working under the tutelage of former Bowdoin Head Coach Stefanie Pemper, along with a trio of NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament appearances.
As a student-athlete, Williamson was a member of the Bowdoin College Women’s Basketball program for four seasons, helping guide the Polar Bears to three NESCAC Conference Championships and four appearances in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament, including back-to-back trips to the Elite Eight in 2006 & 2007. Williamson took home All-NESCAC First Team honors as a senior after leading the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.79) and ranking third in assists, averaging 4.85 per game. Williamson ranks tenth all-time in Bowdoin program history in career assists with 300, and owns the fourth-highest three-point field goal percentage in a single season, shooting at a .489 (45-92) clip during her junior campaign in 2007-08.
Williamson graduated from Bowdoin with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in XXX, and later earned her master’s degree in Coaching and Leadership from Ohio University in 2013.
The Bantams Women’s Basketball team posted a 19-8 record with an 8-2 mark in the NESCAC. Trinity earned the two-seed in the NESCAC Tournament, falling to third-seeded Bates College in the Semifinals. The Bantams have made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Championship, receiving an at-large bids. Trinity advanced to the Elite Eight in 2022-23 and fell in the First Round this year.


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