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In Derryk Williams, Syracuse has a head coach in the making

Derryk Williams has always had an overall winning record.

Derryk Williams thought he had it all figured out. It was the fall of 2015, he was 22 years old and had just won his first game as a head coach of Ithaca College’s club volleyball team.

Williams wasn’t supposed to be in that role. He was a first-year assistant coming off four years as an undersized and “pretty bad” middle blocker with the Bombers. But just a month into his first season as a coach, Wiliams was thrust into the interim role after head coach Janet Donovan took a leave of absence with appendicitis.

He had little idea about what he was doing. Yet facing Ithaca’s rivals Cortland in his first match at the helm, Williams led the Bombers to a victory in five sets and wound up going 31-5 that season. The next year in 2016, that success followed him to Colgate — the Raiders went 18-11 and narrowly missed out on winning the Patriot League tournament. Though it was just his second season coaching and first at Colgate, Williams had already tasted success.

Williams lived for game days and practices, and as a result his work behind the scenes, what Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said is 70% of college …read more

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