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Competitive Sports Coordinator Maili Williamson: First Female NAL Official

Maili Williamson

Maili Williamson, competitive sports coordinator for Recreation & Wellness, recently became the first female official to perform duties in a National Arena League football game. Williamson served as a line judge in the June 19 game between the Jersey Flight and the Carolina Cobras. In a release, the League stated that Williamson would continue to serve as a line judge for the 2021 season and be a potential candidate to work in the NAL postseason.

Williamson is a 2017 graduate of UNC Greensboro and joined RecWell’s professional staff in December 2019. She began her officiating career working for RecWell as a first-year student. She also currently officiates high school football, basketball, and volleyball, and is slated to begin officiating NCAA football this fall. “Maili has been an amazing part of our department over the years and continues to contribute in many ways,” said Erik Unger, assistant director for competitive sports.

Williamson serving as an NAL line judge in the June 19 game between the Jersey Flight and Carolina Cobras

“I never knew that walking into officials training in the Fall of 2013 would lead to a life-long passion for sports officiating! Throughout my time as an undergrad at UNCG, I was motivated, supported, and empowered to become a great sports official. Along the way, I have learned that officiating is more than blowing the whistle and making a call. Officiating is a humbling experience that teaches sportsmanship, communication, and perseverance,” said Williamson. “I sincerely appreciate the support I have received from my colleagues in the Department of Recreation & Wellness. It is my hope that I can help a current student find the same passion that drives me to succeed. Although my journey is just beginning at the collegiate level, I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that are being provided to me with one of those being a National Arena League Football Official!”

UNCG students who are interested in beginning their own officiating journey can reach Williamson via email at mawill24@uncg.edu.


2021 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs

UNC Greensboro has been named one of the 30 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by ACPA – College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. This is the first time UNCG has received this recognition. 

With a focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices, and work environment, the research uses a web-based survey approach to examine categories such as family friendliness, salary/benefits, and professional development opportunities, among others. 

“I am incredibly proud of the Student Affairs team at UNC Greensboro,” said Dr. Cathy Akens, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “This accolade reflects the work we do every day – in collaboration with so many campus partners – to impact student success. UNCG takes pride in providing access and opportunity to individuals from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. As a university we have excelled at closing the race/ethnicity graduation gap and increasing social mobility. The student affairs educators in our division are focused on reducing students’ barriers and engaging them in meaningful ways. We have a commitment to equity and inclusion, and a strong culture of care that permeates everything we do. This team’s commitment to student well-being and success is unmatched.”

The Division of Student Affairs encourages students to be engaged citizens through enriching their personal and professional development in a diverse and inclusive community of care. It encompasses over 300 employees across 13 departments. The Division excelled last year even amongst the challenges brought on by the pandemic. The Culture of Care initiative led by the Dean of Students Office connected staff with students in quarantine and isolation so that they were provided with resources and felt cared for in their time of need. The SAFE Fund made 725 distributions from April to December 2020 for students in need of immediate one-time assistance with items like rent, food, and utilities. Student Affairs also launched the first year of the iBelong Project, which funded 16 projects providing students opportunities to engage with each other in a primarily digital environment.

UNCG is the only UNC System school on this year’s Most Promising Places honorees. More information can be found on the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education website.