Q & A with Signee Olivia Williams

Softball standout Olivia Williams commits to University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Williams, center, poses with teammates and coaches Feb. 1.

Q: What is your earliest memory of playing your sport? Please describe the scene in detail. 

A: Well, I played baseball till I was like nine. I started playing softball when I was like ten; I guess like my first travel team. 

Q: What made you stick with your sport all these years?

A: I was good at it. 

Q: Who are some of your athletic heroes, people you look up to in your sport? Why do they stand out? 

A: I don’t really know. I’d just say when I was younger, I’d be around like a lot of college ball, so I guess I’d just look up to like the college boys.” 

Q: What factors led you to sign with the college/university that you chose? What made that school stand out? 

A: Charlotte’s a growing program you know, and I love the coaches and just the area.”

Q: What course of study or major do you plan to pursue at your college or university? 

A: I’d probably major in either business or exercise science.” 

Q: What are you looking forward to the most while playing a sport while attending college?

A: It’s just a high level, and I feel like it’ll be fun. I’m going to play a bunch of other D1 colleges.” 

Q: What are you anxious about as you transition to attend and play in college?  

A: I feel like the competition is gonna be harder, but it’s going to make me a better player.” 

Q: What regulations/rules did you encounter regarding recruiting and signing? 

A: So for softball, you couldn’t talk to coaches till your junior year, until September 1. I mean I was kind of anxious to talk to coaches ’cause you’d see them at all the tournaments and stuff.” 

Q: What is one thing you would change about your recruiting/signing process and why?

A: No, I feel like I made the right decision.” 

Q: It is hard for a school to tick all the boxes a student athlete might have. What are some sacrifices you had to make in order to attend your chosen school?  

A: I feel like you go where your heart is, and you go to a school where you want to.”

Q: What advice would you give to the next class of student athletes who will go through the process of recruitment?

A: It’s a long period: it can be long or short–mine was pretty short–it’s very stressful, but it’ll work out.” 

Q: What advice would you give to your past self regarding your athletic career? 

A: I guess I would say ‘you made it’ or something, I don’t know.”

Q: Who are some people you would like to thank for helping you get to where you are today? How did they assist you? 

A: I’d say my parents. They sacrificed a lot for me to be here.” 

Q: What is your favorite memory as a Cougar athlete? 

A: I’d say beating Heritage.”