|Title:||Head Women's Basketball Coach|
Michelle Williams is in her first season as the head women's basketball coach at Lees-McRae College.
Williams brings over 10 years of coaching experience to Lees-McRae, previously serving as the head coach at Conference Carolinas foe King College for five seasons, leading the Tornado to four consecutive national tournament appearances in both the NAIA and NCCAA. For her efforts during the 2006-07 campaign, Williams was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Prior to her appointment as the Tornado head coach, Williams served as the assistant coach at King for six years, coordinating the team’s recruiting efforts as well as the team’s travel. Williams also served as the Tornado’s athletic recruiting coordinator in 2004-05, managing all of the department’s recruiting databases as well as developing the recruiting materials for each athletic program.
Williams has tremendous experience coordinating and assisting with camp programs, directing King’s individual and team camps while at the Bristol, Tenn. school, as well as helping with camps at Ohio State University and Clemson University.
The East Tennessee native received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and coaching from King in 2001, as well as a Master of Arts in sport management from East Tennessee State University in 2005.
|Title:||Assistant Women's Basketball Coach|
Ryan Riedel is in his first season as the assistant women's basketball coach at Lees-McRae College.
Riedel moves over from the Bobcat men’s basketball staff, where he served as an assistant for the last two seasons, helping Lees-McRae post its best league record since joining Conference Carolinas in 1993. During his tenure with the men’s program, Riedel worked with a pair of all-conference selections.
Prior to his arrival in Banner Elk, Riedel spent five years as a manager for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill under hall of fame coach Roy Williams, including four years with the varsity team after spending his freshman year with the junior varsity squad. Riedel was a member of two final four teams at UNC, including the 2009 national championship squad.
Riedel graduated from UNC in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in sport administration and history. The Blowing Rock, N.C. native is following in his stepfather, Keith Walker’s, footsteps as a basketball coach at Lees-McRae. Walker led the women’s basketball program during the 1985-86 season before taking the helm of the men’s team from 1986-1990.