Auburn’s Greg Williams Named NCEA Coach of the Year


Head coach Greg Williams of the No. 1 Auburn equestrian team was named the National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s 2020 Coach of the Year, the organization announced Friday.

The NCEA honor is the second straight for Williams, who led the Tigers to their second-consecutive undefeated season.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from my peers,” Williams said. “I could not be more proud of the season my team and staff put together in going undefeated for a second straight year. Thank you to the NCEA and unwavering support of the Auburn Family. Our team motto this year was #ForThem so this is for all those that have contributed to Auburn’s program and the sport of equestrian over the years.”

The award is added to his SEC Coach of the Year recognition that was announced two weeks ago. The Auburn coaching staff has now won the NCEA award three years in a row with associate head coach Jessica Braswell earning the honor in 2018 and Williams in 2019.

The 2019-20 Auburn equestrian team went 13-0 in the shortened season and was named the SEC Champion by the league. The squad was voted No. 1 in all five NCEA categories at the end of the season – Team, Fences, Flat, Horsemanship, Reining.

Auburn had three NCEA Riders of the Year as well as 12 All-America honors. The squad also went 8-for-8 in the SEC, picking up all four Rider of the Year awards as well as at least a share of all four Freshman Rider of the Year awards.

The Tigers had 13 student-athletes placed on either the All-SEC or the SEC All-Freshman team.

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