Birth Date: 01/27/1979
2015 – Milwaukee
Two-time Olympian Mark Williams was born in Australia, then moved with his family to the U.S. when he was nine. A four-year volleyball letterman at University High in West Los Angeles, he earned All-American honors as a member of the 1996 Junior Olympic Team. Williams earned his AAA beach volleyball rating in the summer of 1996. He was introduced to volleyball by his brother Raoul, who also played for University High.
Williams made his pro beach volleyball debut in Hermosa Beach with Larry Witt the summer after his freshman season at UCLA. In the summer of 1999, while he was still at UCLA, Williams trained with the Australian national indoor team. After switching from outside hitter to libero, he made the Olympic squad, which placed eighth in the Sydney Games.
Williams was an outside hitter for four seasons at UCLA (1998-2001). A 2001 first-team All-American, Williams played on the Bruins 1998 and 2000 NCAA championship volleyball teams and he set a UCLA single-season ace mark (63) in 2000.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Williams qualified for the beach volleyball tournament alongside Julien Prosser after competing in the FIVB Tour during the 2003 season. They finished in fourth place after losing the bronze medal match to fifth-seeded team Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel from Switzerland.
Williams won the 2015 NVL Milwaukee Championships with partner Skyler McCoy.
He is married to NVL pro Michelle Williams.