Alicia (Runge) Williams will be entering her first season as head coach at Iowa Western. Although she is new to the postion, Alicia is not new to Iowa Western. Alicia assisted Darrin McBroom for 2 seasons before moving into the head coaching role int he spring of 2013. She also was an athlete for the Iowa Western volleyball team during the 2006 and 2007 seasons where she was a member of the 2006 National Championship team.
In McBroom and Willimas' two seasons together, the coaching duo guided the Reivers to a pair of 45 win seasons, a number one national ranking and two top-five finishes in the NJCAA tournament. They sent players onto Fresno State, Arkanasas State, UTEP, and others. Their combined record for two seasons was 90-12.
As a player at Iowa Western in 2006, Alicia helped the Reiver’s capture their first ever national title and contributed the most wins in a season for the Iowa Western volleyball squad at 60-4. In 2007, she returned to help the Reivers make a second, back to back national tournament appearance where they placed 7th overall.
In addition to her efforts on the court, she also excelled in the classroom as a NJCAA Academic All American. She graduated from Iowa Western with a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the Presidential Scholars.
In 2008, she transferred to Creighton University to finish her career at the Division I level. After being red shirted during her first season at Creighton, she earned a starting role for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
In 2009, Alicia was third on her team in total kills, and also had the most kills by a CU player in their debut appearance since 1995. Off the court, she earned academic awards as well, including honorable mention MVC Scholar-Athlete Team, the Dean’s List, and Honor Roll awards.
The 2010 season was Alicia’s final collegiate year, where she led her team in kills per set, and total season kills (463). She was a Second Team All-Conference selection, an All-Tournament Team selection in 4 straight tournaments, and was the Co-Captain of Creighton University’s first ever post-season appearance in Women’s Volleyball. She continued to excel in the classroom, earning a spot on the First Team Scholar-Athlete Team, the Dean’s List, and the Honor Roll.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications , with an emphasis in Public Relations and Organization and graduated with honors Magna Sum Laude.
Alicia is a native of Swea City, Iowa. She resides in Omaha, NE with her husband, Aaron Williams.
Brent Lewis joined the Reiver volleyball staff in May 2013. In his first season at Iowa Western, the team finished with a 44-5 record and earned a 7th place finish at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament after being ranked as high as #2 during the regular season. Working mainly with outside hitters and defenders, the Reivers led the nation in both kills and assists in first season. Pioneering the offense, outside hitter Aly Dawson and setter Kathia Sanchez were both named NJCAA Division I All-Americans. Dawson finished third in the nation in kills and Sanchez led the nation in assists.
He arrived at Iowa Western after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He helped the Cowgirls to a 58-10 overall record, 38-3 record in the American Southwest Conference, two conference titles, and two NCAA regional tournament appearances. At HSU his primary coaching responsibilities were with setters and defenders. He helped orchestrate an offense that led the conference in kills and assists both years he was on staff. Following the 2012 season HSU was named American Southwest Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.
As an assistant coach at the collegiate level he has amassed a record of 102-15. This includes two school-record winning streaks, first with the 2012 HSU squad that won 25 consecutive matches, then again last season at Iowa Western with 33 straight victories. He has also never lost a home game in his career (29-0). He has coached eight All-Conference players, one conference MVP, five All-Region players, and three All-Americans.
A majority of his work lies in the statistical and analytical realm. Known as someone who enjoys working with numbers, he has written multiple papers on volleyball statistics. His 37 page Master's thesis was entitled, "Discovering Success in Volleyball: An Integral Match Analysis of the Relationship between Statistics and Team Rankings" which compared general statistics to team records in order to determine the most significant numbers for predicting the outcome of a win/loss record. His most recent work was completed in December 2013, in which he proposed a new statistic to measure the attacking efficiency of a hitter.
A native of Marshall, Texas, he received his Master's degree in Kinesiology from Hardin-Simmons University and his Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from East Texas Baptist University. He played collegiate club volleyball as a right side hitter for ETBU and also worked as an adjunct instructor in the Fitness and Sports Sciences Department at Hardin-Simmons. In addition to coaching at Iowa Western, he also serves as the head coach for Top Ten Volleyball Club and is a regular contributor to Nebraskaprepvolleyball.com. He lives in Council Bluffs.