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With four NCEA overall national championships at Auburn, head equestrian coach Greg Williams has become one of the most respected coaches' in the sport. He put the program on the map with its first title in 2006 and has taken home three championships in the past six years. Now in his 23rd season at the helm, and 16th as a varsity sport, Williams has continued to add wealth and prestige to Auburn equestrian.
The Paragould, Ark., native orchestrated the building of the Auburn Equestrian Center since the university's club program debuted in 1996 and helped to change the club program to Auburn's 21st varsity sport. Since the 2002-03 season, the Tigers have totaled four national titles (2006, 2011, 2013, 2016), three Hunt Seat national titles (2008, 2011, 2013), one Southeastern Conference title (2016), and three Southern Equestrian championships (2004, 2010, 2011). His student-athletes have combined for 50 All-America accolades since the 2010-11 season and have totaled 41 All-SEC selections.
In addition to excelling in competition, Williams' teams have also produced in the classroom. Auburn has 43 NCEA Scholastic All-Americans since the organization began recognizing the honor in the spring of 2013.
Williams and his team put together the best season in program history in 2016, finishing with a 16-1 overall record en route to NCEA and SEC crowns. Nine Tigers combined for 10 NCEA All-America honors, while 13 were recognized by the conference in the postseason. Elizabeth Benson concluded her decorated Auburn career as the SEC Co-Flat Rider of the Year, while classmate Griffin Knight earned SEC Co-Horsemanship Rider of the Year accolades. Freshmen Caitlin Boyle and Lauren Diaz also picked of major honors from the league as Boyle was the Freshman Flat and Fences Rider of the Year with Diaz earning Freshman Horsemanship Rider of the Year.
Williams captured his third national team title in 2013 after defeating Georgia, 3-1, in a ride-off competition. The Tigers also won the Hunt Seat National Championship that season. In 2011, Auburn took home the overall NCEA and Hunt Seat titles after capturing it's last Southern Equestrian championship.
The 2005-06 season was one for the record books as the program rode to it's first Varsity Equestrian National Championship and also it's first Southern Equestrian crown.
A year after becoming a varisty sport, Williams' Tigers upset the competition to become the 2004 Southern Equestrian Champions - the first championship in the program's history. That same year, Williams led Auburn to an incredible runner-up finish at the Varsity Equestrian Championships.
In the Auburn's inaugural varsity season, Williams guided the Tigers to the IHSA National Finals in both the Hunt Seat and Western disciplines.
|College||Auburn University (1986)|
daughters, Toni & Erica
|Head Coaching Career||23rd season (16th varsity)|
|Career Record||128-53 (.707)|
|NCEA Championships||4 (2006, '11, '13, '16)|
|SEC Championships (since 2012-13)||1 (2016)|
|All-SEC Selections||41 (since 2012-13)|
|1996-Present||Auburn - Head Coach|
Williams graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences in 1986.
His career in the horse industry began at a young age as he showed horses and competed in rodeos and roping contests. His mother also competed, passing on her passion for horses to Williams.
Williams' beginning years as a professional were spent in the South and the Southwest, training pleasure horses as well as cutting, haltering and roping horses. These horses were shown at Futurities, Congress and World shows. He began his work at Auburn, running the Horse Teaching and Researching Unit. He also continued his professional showing career during his first years back.
Williams and his wife, Sandi, have two daughters, Toni and Erica. Toni is married to Auburn native Jim Patrick.