The position, vacated by former Australian cricketer Shelley Nitschke who has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Australian Women’s Cricket Team, will allow Williams to also continue as assistant coach with the Adelaide Strikers during WBBL.
Additionally, his role will include identifying and coaching young players for the SACA talent pathway, through the underage State female sides.
Having spent some time already working in the female program, Williams has become passionate about lifting the profile of women's cricket.
“Everyone would be aware how far the women’s game has come in recent years,” he said.
“I’m just really excited to be working in that area and to help produce athletes locally who can go on to play for Australia or represent the Scorpions and the Strikers moving forward,”
Williams made his first-class debut for South Australia in 2000-01, before heading to Tasmania the following season for more opportunity. After a one-season stint, he returned to Adelaide, where he played four more first-class matches.
An Adelaide Cricket Club life member, Williams is second on the club’s leader-board for all-time runs with 6984, including a highest score of 253 not out.
He is one of just three players to win the Bradman Medal three times (2005-06, 2007-08 and 2009-10), as the best Premier Cricket player of the season.
Williams has been head coach of both the Under 15 and Under 18 State boys in his former position as Talent Coordinator in the male pathway space with SACA.
“I’m certainly really excited and looking forward to getting started with the girls,” Williams said.
“In particular I’ll be working really closely with the batting group and looking to develop some batters that will probably get more opportunity this year than they have had in the past.”
The Scorpions will begin their WNCL campaign in September. Click for full fixture.