Tim Williamson is entering his 12th season in the Harvard Office of Athletic Communications and his fourth in his current role as head of the athletic communications department.
He was promoted to Associate Director of Athletics/Director of Athletic Communications in May 2013 after serving as Interim Director of Athletic Communications since February 2013. Williamson was previously an Assistant Director of Athletic Communications from 2007-2013.
In this capacity, Williamson is the main spokesperson and media relations contact for the nation's largest Division I athletics program. He handles the direct publicity for several of Harvard's teams and is responsible for updating GoCrimson.com, writing, designing and editing publications such as media guides and game programs, creating video highlights for assigned Harvard teams and working to keep Harvard athletics prominent in the local, regional and national media. Williamson also oversees Harvard's social media efforts, using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to promote Harvard athletics. He also oversees Harvard's multimedia department.
Williamson also serves as the assistant program manager for men's and women's basketball.
In the fall of 2014, Williamson and the office of athletic communications hosted ESPN's College GameDay. The national show was televised live from Dillon Quad prior to Harvard's home game against Yale in the 131st playing of The Game on Nov. 22, 2014. This marked only the second time an Ivy League school has hosted the premiere weekly college football show.
In addition to his role in athletic communications, Williamson serves on the athletic department's Athletic Communications, Multimedia, Social Media, Travel and Student-Athlete Development committees.
Williamson works directly with the nationally prominent football team. He has previously worked with the men's basketball, women's soccer, men's soccer, women's lacrosse, men's lacrosse, women's and men's crew, men's and women's fencing, men's swimming & diving, men's squash, women's squash, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's and women's water polo and wrestling programs.
From 2010-13, Williamson was the main contact for the men's basketball team. During the 2011-12 season, Williamson led the public relations effort for the men's basketball team, as the Crimson advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946 and earned the program's first national ranking. In 2012-13, Harvard won the first NCAA tournament game in team history and advanced to the Round of 32.
In May 2008, Williamson served as the press box coordinator helping oversee 300 media members for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships held at Gillette Stadium. He worked in a similar capacity at the 2009 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships and was the media coordinator at the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships and the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium. In May 2012, Williamson also served as the media coordinator for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium.
He was honored by the Collegiate Water Polo Association, as the Sports Information Director of the Year for the 2009 women's season. In 2013, Harvard hosted the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships at Blodgett Pool.
Before coming to Harvard, he spent one year as the Assistant Director of Media Relations at Columbia University where he was the sports information contact for baseball, wrestling, field hockey, cross country and track & field.
A 2004 graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in United States history, he later earned his M.A. in United States history from B.C. in 2005. Upon graduation, Williamson worked as the Weekend Assignment Editor at New England Cable News until 2006. After his stint at NECN, he entered the sports information field as an intern at Boston College. Williamson worked as the secondary contact for football and served as the primary contact for softball, cross country, track & field and golf.
A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Williamson currently resides with his wife, Christine, and children, Breanna (three), A.J. (three) and Elle (one) in Stoughton, Massachusetts.