Julie Williams achieved great success on the lacrosse field as a player and coach. Williams was a two-time All-American as a defender at the University of Virginia in 1985 and 1986 and played on the winning United States World Cup teams in 1989 and 1993.
She became the head coach at Penn State in 1989 and coached the Nittany Lions until 1999, leading the school to three semifinal appearances in the NCAA Championships. Julie was inducted to the Virginia Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2001. Her sister, Betsy Dougherty, a former Penn State standout, was inducted to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2000, making them the first set of sisters to be inducted to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Williams, at the time of induction, resided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Julie was inducted as “an outstanding player, who was also an outstanding coach or official, who has contributed noteworthy service to the game of lacrosse over the years.”