Aug 23, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Head Coach Brett Halter announced the promotion of Krishna Lee as Assistant Coach, focusing on the throws and combined events, on Wednesday. Lee has served as the Director of Operations for the past year, a mantle that will now be taken up by Sirena Williams.
Lee, who finished her M.A. in Health Education and Promotion with an Emphasis on Sports Psychology at Mizzou in 2012, was a former All-American under current Head Coach Brett Halter and is one of the most decorated throwers in the program’s history. Lee was a three-time All-American during her time as a student-athlete, earning honors in the hammer throw (2009) and indoor shot put (2008, 2009). She was the 2009 Big 12 Champion in the hammer throw (63.77m / 209-2.5) which, along with a second-place finish in the shot put and a sixth-place finish in the discus, earned her 21 points and the Big 12 Championships High Scorer award.
Lee ended her career with three All-Time Top Ten marks, coming in at No. 2 for the weight throw, No. 3 for the shot put, and still holds the Missouri School Record in the hammer (63.77m / 209-2.5). She also qualified for post-season competition, going on to compete in the shot put at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. Lee also served as Team Captain from 2007-09.
After her career as a student-athlete, Lee went on to compete post-collegiately at the 2009 USATF Championships (shot put, hammer) and the 2010 USATF Championships (hammer). During this time, Lee worked as a volunteer assistant coach with the Tigers, and in 2010 moved into the Mizzou Compliance Office as a Graduate Assistant. Lee also worked as the Throws Coach at Hickman HS in Columbia, MO, during the spring of 2012.
Taking over for Lee as the Director of Operations is Sirena Williams, who comes to Mizzou from Tiffin University where she served as an Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field Coach since August 2011. Williams brings with her a wealth of experience in running a successful track & field program from multiple perspectives. While at Tiffin, she split her coaching responsibilities with work as the office manager, NCAA Compliance Coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and academic coordinator, proving herself a valuable addition on a variety of levels.
Prior to Tiffin, Williams was at Feather River College in Quincy, CA, where she was instrumental in beginning the women’s cross country and track & field program. Before Feather River, Williams shared her coaching talents with four high schools in Maryland, while also working as an Operations Supervisor at Team Broadcast Services. As the Operations Supervisor, Williams was responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the various technicians, working with the scheduling and assignments of staff members, and overseeing personnel to ensure they were meeting the demands of the broadcast operations.
Williams competed for the Univ. of Connecticut, focusing on the sprint and hurdle events. She graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in Mass Communications Processes, and went on to earn her M.B.A. in Sports Management at Tiffin University. She holds the NCAA DII Coaching Certificate, is USATF Level II Certified for the sprints, hurdles, and relay events, and is a USATF National Level Certified Official.
“We are thrilled with both Krishna and Sirena’s appointments. Krishna’s contributions to the University of Missouri, Missouri Athletics, and Missouri Track & Field have been nothing short of extraordinary over the past several years, and we are looking forward to an exciting future with her,” said Head Coach Brett Halter. “Sirena brings a wide-array of professional experiences to Mizzou and has demonstrated a commitment to the high expectations and values that we hold here. We are happy to have her on board and look forward to the positive impact she will undoubtedly have on the program.”
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