Marty Williams began his high school career at Yorkville High School in 1970. In 1974, Marty won the IHSA State Championship at 145 lbs and was named an Amateur Wrestling News All-American. He was also named Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Class A wrestler of the year. He continued his wrestling career at the University of Illinois where he was coached by IWCOA Hall of Famer and Lifetime Achievement Winner, Tom Porter. He was a four-year letterman and in 1978 was co-captain of the University of Illinois wrestling team.
Upon college graduation, Marty coached at Parkland Community College for one season before becoming an assistant coach at Mahomet-Seymour High School. He became the head coach in 1982 and held that position for eight seasons. During that tenure, his teams compiled a dual meet record of 191 wins and four losses. The Bulldogs were also state champions five times. Marty’s teams still hold an IHSA record for most consecutive dual meet wins with 109. He coached 15 individual state champions, 15 additional place winners, and 51 state qualifiers. He was named IWCOA Coach of the Year in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1989.
Marty left coaching in 1990 to begin a career in high school administration. He served as an assistant principal, athletic director, associate principal, and most recently principal at Mahomet-Seymour High School.
In addition to his high school service, Marty served as coach of the Prairie State Games Blue and Gray divisions for five years and volunteered several years with the Junior National Team. He coached and organized cultural exchanges for downstate Illinois programs with Cuba, Canada, and West Germany.
In 1992, Marty was inducted into the IWCOA Hall of Fame. In 2006, he was the Grand Marshall at the IHSA Individual State Tournament. In 2012, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum (Illinois Chapter) awarded Marty with the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award.
Marty is now retired with his wife Nancy. He has three daughters and six grandchildren.