The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes Autumn Williams – a Cool Soror of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. A Chicago, Illinois native, Autumn’s parents knew she was athletically gifted at an early age. Trying her hand in swimming, gymnastics and any sport her mother felt like she could thrive in, Autumn would gravitate toward tennis. Tennis would lead her to Kingsville, Texas – a town with a population of 25,000.
The sport of tennis became a rewarding outlet for Autumn at a young age, allowing her to mature into a sought after high school student-athlete. She knew she wanted to attend an HBCU, so she set out to make that happen. Atlanta came calling and so did Clark Atlanta University. Autumn says her experience as a student-athlete at CAU was one of the best of her life. Leading her team to an SIAC (Souther Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Championship, Autumn was setting the standard for how she would lead the team years later as its head coach.
She took over the CAU Women’s Tennis program in 2010 and earned SIAC Coach of the Year twice during her tenure. She became the only coach in lady Panthers history to win the SIAC championship as a coach and a player. With all the success, Autumn took a leap of faith to join Texas A&M University Kingsville in the same capacity.
During her first year, the Javelina women’s tennis program completed a historic season by earning the most wins in program history. She also was named Coach of the Year.
Autumn has achieved a lot in sport and gained tremendous footing while at Clark Atlanta. She said the entire experience gave her an “extra layer of toughness.” It’s the type of toughness that makes she and everyone under her tutelage great.