It actually wasn't planned this way, but fresh off an article about Amanda Williams comes this interview with her identical twin sister, Jessica!
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JWill is an excellent player and coach in her own right, having spent several years in the NPF and now in her second season coaching at
. The San Diego of Jessica's professional career came in
2010, when she was a member of the championship-winning Pride team. Quite the
versatile player, Jessica can play numerous positions, an ability that has
served her well throughout her career. She participated in the same 2012
Bandits tryouts as her sister, but was not offered a contract and was forced to
watch the games from the stands. high point
As I mentioned, JWill is in her second season as an assistant coach at
She is the team's infield and hitting coach, and under her leadership, the 2012
Toreros set a school record for home runs. Both Jessica and her sister Amanda
were recently voted to the Marshall softball all-time roster; it was a solely
fan vote, and the final results showed the popularity the Williams sisters
have, even still, on Marshall fans and the softball world. San
Q: After your playing career, was coaching always something you hoped to pursue?
Always! Even as a young girl playing softball, I knew I always wanted to be a coachJ
Q: This will be just your second year as assistant coach at
. Now that you’ve had
time to “settle in” and get a season under your belt, how are you enjoying your
role? San Diego
I am very much so enjoying life in
at the San Diego . I am our hitting and infield coach so I settled in from
the get go. It was a great situation as me and the rest of the coaching
staff have always been on the same page. We work very well with one
another, so it was a smooth and easy transition. University of San Diego
Q: How can we keep up with your coaching career & the
season? San Diego
We have a very active USD Softball twitter and Facebook account and would love for everyone to keep up with our progress and success there! We also have a great athletic page at www.usdtoreros.com
Q: Following six years in the league, what do you miss most about the NPF?
I miss the competition and the relationships with my teammates. Although the season was only 3 months out of the year, you are able to build strong relationships with your teammates. I love the game of softball and thought I would be someone that would play softball forever, so I miss playing the game I love more than anything!
Q: If you were to play a sport other than softball, which would it be?
I have recently picked up Golf and really enjoy that, but my entire life I played basketball, softball, and track.
Q: The all-time
was recently announced, and both you and your sister are on it. How great of an
honor was it for you to be nominated and make the team alongside your twin
I was so blessed and honored to make the All-Time Roster at
There have been so many talented players come through Marshall ! To make the team alongside not only my twin sister, but
everyone else was such a special feeling. I was honored to see I made it
and so happy for all of my former teammates that made it as well! Marshall University
Q: You’re best known as an offensive-threat & solid on the basepaths and with the glove, but how do you think you’d fare if you suited up in the pitching circle?
I have never pitched…haha so the thought of it makes me laugh, but I would have however enjoyed the challenge and mental toughness that comes with being a pitcher.
Q: Complete this sentence: If it weren’t for softball, right now I would be _____________.
Unfortunately I can’t complete the sentenceJ Softball has and always will be a huge part of my life and I can’t imagine life without it in some way, shape, or form. It has brought me so much joy, happiness, friendships, and memories that I don’t know what I would be doing without it.
Q: What is the proudest moment of your career, both as a player and as a coach?
As a player, it would be winning a Championship at each level I played. In 2000 at
my softball team
won a State Championship. In 2003 and 2005 at Harrison High School we won Regular
Season Conference Championships, and in 2010 with the USSSA Florida Pride, we
won the NPF Championship. Marshall
As a coach, to be honest it’s when a player completely buys in and trust in the process.
Q: If a movie was going to be made about your life, who would you cast in the starring role? (And just for the fun of it, who would play your sister Amanda?)
I love Rachel McAdams, so she would play me, and Reece Witherspoon, whom I am a fan of as well, would play Amanda
Q: Say you were Aladdin and the genie agreed to grant you three wishes. What would you ask for?
For me to continue to live the life God has planned for me.
The other 2 have to do with family members J