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Reports: Virginia to announce Carla Williams as next athletic director

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Would replace Craig Littlepage

Matt Riley, UVA Media Relations

According to David Teel of the Daily Press, the Virginia Cavaliers will name current University of Georgia deputy athletic director Carla Williams as the next athletic director of the University of Virginia.

Williams played basketball for Georgia and graduated in 1989 as the school’s 10th all-time leading scorer. After six years as an assistant coach of the women’s basketball team in Athens, Williams moved into athletics administration as a compliance director for UGA, followed by stops at Florida State and Vanderbilt.

Some information from Teel on Williams’ portfolio of responsibilities in her current role:

Williams oversees the Bulldogs’ football program as athletic director Greg McGarity’s top lieutenant. She also has administrative responsibility for women’s basketball, academic support, NCAA compliance, external and event operations, human resources, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and business operations.

Two of Williams’ major projects for the Bulldogs included the construction of a new $30 million indoor practice facility and renovations to the UGA basketball arena.

In essence, Williams seems to be Georgia’s Jon Oliver, the now-departed executive assistant athletic director who served as outgoing athletic director Craig Littlepage’s right-hand man.

Williams was one of the names identified as a possible fit for U.Va. by Streaking the Lawn when Littlepage’s retirement was first announced. What we said about her at the time:

Williams is the Deputy Director of Athletics at Georgia, making her the second in command for the Bulldogs’ athletic department. She oversees football and women’s basketball, two of Georgia’s most prominent programs. She has facilities and business operations responsibilities. She spent four years in the athletic administration at Vanderbilt. Williams’ profile reads top to bottom like the resume you would want for the athletic director at a flagship state university, with one notable exception in this case: no prominent ties to Virginia, either the University or the Commonwealth.

The lack of Virginia ties was apparently not a deal breaker, if Teel’s reporting is correct.

We will have more information as it is available, including potential confirmation by the University.