Collecting Thoughts with Auburn University Equestrian Team Coach Greg Williams
Greg Williams has won five National Championships as the head coach for the Auburn University Equestrian Team. Williams started the club program in 1996, which went varsity in 2002. At the inaugural National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championship, Williams took his team to the podium for the win in 2006, and once again, his team took home the championship in 2018. Outside of his work with the team, the Paragould, AR, native was a 1986 graduate of Auburn University. In addition to training and showing horses, Williams also competed in rodeos both in roughstock and roping events.
Name: Greg Williams
Affiliation: Auburn University Equestrian
THE FUN STUFF
Do you have any nicknames? My 13-month-old grandson whispers “Papa” all the time! That’s my favorite! Other than that, some people call me “G.”
What’s your favorite barn hack? Playing the Head Coach (old man) card and having someone else do things.
Who do you look up to? My dad.
What famous horse would you love to ride? Okie Leo.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? To be able to fly—no more cancelled flights or delays!
What is the last thing you watched on Netflix? The West Wing.
What’s the most interesting fact about yourself? I love really old country music and really hard rock—cue in Kid Rock.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Pizza.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a long day? Get to see my wife, Sandi, and my dog, Linc.
Who is your equestrian idol? Terry Riddle, the man that I credit with my work ethic and start in this business.
What is one thing in your first aid kit that you couldn’t live without? Athletic tape.
If you weren’t in the horse industry, what would you be doing? Something in a university setting involving students.
What song do you love to have on repeat? On the Road Again by Willie Nelson.
What is on your riding bucket list? More sunrise rides with my wife, my dog, and a thermos of coffee.
What is your favorite horse movie? Easily The Cowboys with John Wayne.
What was your worst fall off a horse? I had many bad falls when I rode roughstock (I was terrible), but in training, the worst was when a stud horse flipped over on me.