About Joe Williams

Joe Williams, a 10-time national freestyle champion and a two-time Pan American Games champion has been named co-head coach of the Liberty Wrestling Program. One of American wrestling's more decorated athletes, Williams is a 3x NCAA Champion for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and finished fifth at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and has a pair of world bronze medals to his credit.  Joe is excited to be the inaugural co-head coach of the Liberty High School Wrestling Team.  He is excited to continue sharing his passion for the sport of wrestling by coaching youth and high school athletes.

Wrestling Accomplishments

JoeWilliams10x National Freestyle Champion
6x US. Senior National Freestyle Champion
5x World Team Member
4x World Cup Champion
2005 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
2005 World Team Member
2004 Fifth Place in Olympic Games
2004 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
2004 Olympic Team Member
2003 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
2003 World Team Member
2003 World Cup Champion
2003 NYAC International Open Champion
2003 Pan American Games Champion
2003 Third Place in Cup of Independence (Uzbekistan)
2003 Olympic Qualifier Champion (Slovakia)
2002 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
2002 Freestyle Wrestler of the Year - USA Wrestling
2002 U.S. National Championships Wrestler of the Year
2002 World Cup Champion
2002 World Team Member
2002 First Place Kiev Grand Prix (Ukraine)
2002 Third Place Yasar Dogu Tournament (Turkey)
2001 Third Place World Championships
2001 World Team Member
2001 World Cup Champion
2001 Takhti Cup champion (Iran)
2001 Manitoba Open Champion (Canada)
2001 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
2001 Freestyle Belt Award Winner - USA Wrestling
2000 World Cup Champion
2000 Second Place US National
2000 Third Place Olympic Trials
2000 Kiev Grand Prix Champion
1999 Pan Am Games Champion
1999 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
1999 Manitoba Open Champion
1999 Fourth Place World Championships
Sunkist Open Champion
3x Collegiate National Champion
2x Big Ten Champion
10x Midlands Champion
Junior National Freestyle & Greco Champion
4x Illinois High School State Champion
Outstanding Wrestler NCAA Tournament (1998)
Student Athlete Advisory Board (1997, 98)
Represented The University of Iowa at NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference
2x Mike Howard Award Winner (1996-97, 1997-98)
John H. Sill "Most Dedicated Wrestler both on and off the mat" (1997-98)
Marshall Stewart Memorial Award "for athletic ability and academic excellence" (1997)
Mike J. McGivern Sr. Award "Most Courageous" (1997-98)
University Freestyle Champion (1995)
Named to IWCOA Hall of Fame (1999)
Wrote "Competitive Edge" article in Training & Conditioning Magazine July /August Vol. XI No.5

Honors & Awards

1998    Won 3rd NCAA title, named outstanding wrestler of NCAA tournament, Big Ten Wrestler of the month for March, became Iowa's 14th four-time all-American, ranked #1 by AWN and Intermat/WIN all season, won Sill award for dedication, and shared Team MVP with Mark Ironside and Jeff McGinness.

1997    Won 2nd NCAA title, Won third consecutive Midlands title, becoming only the sixth wrestler in the 33-year, 6,500-wrestler tournament history to do so. Shared Team MVP with Mark Ironside, Lincoln McIlravy and Mike Mena.

1996    Won 1st NCAA title, won 1st Big Ten title, finished with best team record 36-1, won McGivern team award.

1995    Reshirted was undefeated at 15-0, placed first at Midlands while wrestling unattached.

1994    Complied a 30-7 record as a true freshman, wrestled part of the season unattached before moving into the line-up, finished seventh in NCAA meet, won 14 of 15 matches.

High School    Named to Wrestling USA's all America team and 13 member Dream Team, first team all-American by AWN, four-time Illinois state champion, named Chicago Tribune's 1992-1993 Illinois High School Athlete of the Year, finished prep career with 162-1 record.  Only loss was a disqualification resulting from an illegal slam as a freshman, had 95 career falls.  Coach was Bill Weick.