Ysanne Williams enters her first season as a member of the coaching staff after having competed for the Bruins from 1999-2002. While helping the team this season, Williams will continue to train for the Olympic Games in Beijing next summer.
During her Bruin career, she was a six-time All-American (including 2001 NCAA Outdoor in the 800m) and in 1999, was the Pan Am and U.S. Junior 800m champion. After a four-year lay-off from competition, Williams began competing for the Jamaican National team, and finished second at the Jamaican National Championships in 2007. She then competed at the PanAm Games in Brazil where she finished seventh in the 800m in a personal-best time of 2:02.28. During her layoff from competing, Williams coached at Hoover and Harvard-Westlake High School.
Williams graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology in 2003 and is currently working on a Masters Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University.