Carla Williams, a former Georgia women’s basketball player and considered by many the heir apparent to be Georgia’s next athletic director, is instead set to be the new A.D. at Virginia.
Williams, currently UGA’s deputy director of athletics, will be hired by UVA, the Charlottesville Daily Progress reported on Saturday night. There was no immediate confirmation from UGA.
The news could have far-reaching consequences in UGA athletics, as Williams has handled a number of responsibilities as the top aide to athletics director Greg McGarity.
McGarity’s contract runs out the summer of 2019. The next-highest ranking member of the athletics department is Josh Brooks, the executive associate athletics director.
At Georgia, Williams has been a constant but quiet presence, responsible officially for almost everything involved in athletics. (Her bio on the web site lists her duties including supervision of academic support, business operations, compliance, event management, external operations, facilities, human resources, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, student services and ticketing.)
A native of LaGrange, Williams played basketball under Andy Landers from 1985-89. She went into sports administration, including in UGA’s compliance department, also going on to work at Florida State and Vanderbilt. She returned to Athens in 2004, gradually rising to become the top deputy in the athletics department.
Williams will replace Craig Littlepage, who has been Virginia’s athletics director since 2001.
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