WILIAMSTOWN, MA – 5/17/2016 - After a nationwide search Tomas Adalsteinsson has been named the head coach of women's golf at Williams College.
A native of Iceland, Adalsteinsson has a strong background as a player and coach in both golf and soccer, and in sport psychology. Most recently Adalsteinsson served as the head coach of men's and women's golf at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., from 2012-16.
"I am pleased to welcome Tomas Adalsteinsson as the next head women's golf coach at Williams College," stated Williams Athletic Director Lisa Melendy. "The search committee was impressed by coach Adalsteinsson's broad range of athletic experience and his strong golf background. His background in sport psychology will bring another dimension to our faculty."
"I want to also extend my gratitude to Bill Kangas who took on the role of interim head coach with enthusiasm and deep caring for the team and the program," He has guided the team well through this time of transition, and I know the players hold him in great respect and affection."
Adalsteinsson has competed internationally as a member of the Icelandic national golf team and has extensive coaching experience in both golf and soccer. He holds a UEFA B soccer coaching license, and prior to his role at Macalester College, he coached women's soccer at Carleton College.
Adalsteinsson graduated from the University of Iceland in 2007 with Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. In 2011 Adalsteinsson earned a Master's degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif. For the past four years, Adalsteinsson has worked with professional golfers on their mental game, serving as their sport psychology consultant.
"First of all, I want to thank Lisa Melendy and the members of the search committee for this incredible opportunity," said Adalsteinsson. "Through this process, I have been greatly impressed by the people in the Williams community, and I am excited to be joining a college with such rich history of academic and athletic excellence."
"For the past two years, coach Bill Kangas has done an outstanding job with the women's golf team, adding to the great work of coach Erika DeSanty in the years prior. I look forward to starting to work with the exceptional student-athletes of Williams women's golf to build on the tradition of success they have created. The women's commitment to academics and their passion for golf inspires me, and I can't wait to join them at Taconic to learn more about them and their aspirations."
"I am also very thankful for my four years at Macalester College, and I will miss my players and fellow staff members," Adalsteinsson noted. "I've learned a lot from them that I will take with me on this new journey."
Adalsteinsson will take over an Eph squad that has finished fifth or higher at the NCAA Championships in each of the past five seasons. This year's Eph team finished fifth at the NCAAs.
In the 12-year history of the program Williams has posted nine top ten finishes.
Adalsteinsson will be moving to Williamstown later this summer with his wife Vanessa and their newborn son Kiljan.