North Central College - Naperville, IL

Rafeal Williams '95

Rafeal Williams finished his second season as head men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. The 2011-2012 season was Lincoln’s first year as an NCAA Division II member. During his six years as an assistant coach with the NCAA Division II program at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Williams specialized with the sprints, hurdles and relays. He cultivated 99 NCAA Division II U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic athletes, 55 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions, one USA Track & Field Junior National qualifier and one Canadian Athletics qualifier.

In all, Grand Valley churned out 25 NCAA Division II All-Americans and 70 NCAA qualifiers, breaking 21 school records in the process. At North Central, Williams was a NCAA Division III All-American in the 110 hurdles in 1995, team captain and three-time CCIW Conference Champion. His efforts helped the Cardinals on their way to a Division III Outdoor National Championship in 1994. In addition to coaching, Williams has worked with the Boy Scouts of America, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL). He also served as the undergraduate advisor for the Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. at Grand Valley. Williams and his wife Danyual have two sons, Daniel and Kamran.