Williams replaces Dale Mildenberger who is retiring from the university after 38 years.
During their visit, Williams was also awarded the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association.
Entering his 16th year at Utah State and second as Associate Athletics Director/Head Athletics Trainer is Mike Williams, who was promoted from Assistant Athletics Trainer in April, 2013. In his role, Williams is responsible for the health of all of USU's student-athletes as well as teaching and supervising the graduate athletic training program.
As an athletics trainer at Utah State, Williams works primarily with the nationally ranked football program, while providing support for USU's other 15 NCAA Division I programs.
Williams, who was named the 2012-13 Athletic Trainer of the Year in the state of Utah, was also presented the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association in 2013 as he began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used an automated external defibrillator (AED) on men's basketball player Danny Berger after he collapsed unexpectedly during a USU practice on Dec. 4, 2012.
Williams was also honored at the 2013 USU Robins Awards as he received the Gerald R. Sherratt Award, which is given to a member of the university who has displayed superior leadership skills and abilities as well as unsurpassed dedication and service to others.
Prior to working at Utah State, Williams worked for Intermountain Health Care in Logan as an athletic trainer and served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).
Williams began his athletic training career at Utah State where he received his bachelor's degree in exercise science in 1996. He then attended Idaho and graduated with a master's of science degree in sports administration in 1997.