Jolisa Williams enters her third year at Shaw University as the Assistant Atheltic Director for Media Relations. Williams is responsible for coordinating media relations efforts for all 13 of Shaw's athletic programs.
In 2017, Williams was named the John Holley Sports Information Director of the Year. In her second year at Shaw, Williams has been appointed as the CIAA Sports Information Director Association Vice President by her peers. Highlighted by the Lady Bears two championship titles and NCAA tournament appearances (women's volleyball and women's tennis), Williams has been at the forefront of promoting all 13 varsity sport teams at Shaw, launching a completely revamped athletics website (www.shawbears.com), enhancing social media visibility with the use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat and producing game day and final score graphics. She is regarded by her association colleagues for her remarkable writing and timely communication. Williams served on her first conference committee this year at the outdoor track and field championship.
Also in 2017, Williams serves as a member of the CIAA Management Council. She was appointed to her management council seat after being elected president of the CIAA Sports Information Directors Association (CIAA-SIDA). Williams was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations on Nov. 4, 2017.
Williams comes to Shaw after serving as the Director of Sports Information & Marketing at Richard Bland College. During her time there, she was the main contact for all nine-sport teams including the men's basketball program that captured the 2015 Region 10 Conference title and NJCAA National Championship for DII basketball. She was also responsible for the 2015 Region 10 regular-season champion softball team and five track and field national qualifiers.
Prior to Richard Bland, Williams worked at Virginia State University as the Life Skills Coordinator and Sports Information Assistant for the 2013-14 athletic year. While working with the Trojans, she aided the Office of Athletic Communication in various areas. Along with assisting with publicity for basketball, football and baseball, she served as the primary contact for women's basketball, volleyball, women's tennis and softball. Williams also played a role in growing VSU athletic's social media platforms.
In 2012, Williams interned with the Trojans' Office of Athletics for one year where she contributed to all aspects and needs to the department in addition to being a full-time graduate student at VSU.
A 2012 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Saint Augustine's University, Williams earned her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. As a four-year letterwinner for the Lady Falcons women's basketball team, Williams served as the starting point guard and contributed to the CIAA Western Division title in 2009-10 as well as three CIAA Team Highest GPA Awards for women's basketball during her tenure.
Williams earned a Master's degree from Virginia State in 2014.
A native of Charles City, Va., Williams was All-District First Team recipient for four years at Charles City High School, where she ranks second on the all-time scoring list and current leader assist leader. She averaged 21.1 points, 4.2 assist, and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Williams is a member of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and Black College Sports Information Directors Association (BC-SIDA).