Immaculata University Magazine - Spring 2011 - page 54

LIGUORI
Marie
M
arie Liguori Williams came to Immaculata
from Point Pleasant Borough High School
in New Jersey and played on the 1974
Mighty Macs championship team. She earned
her Bachelor of Arts in biology and chemistry at
Immaculata and graduated in 1977. She married
Jim Williams in 1980, and she coached their three
children who participated in YMCA basketball.
Williams received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in
1982 from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. While
there, she was a player-coach for the coed basketball
team. She was the first clinical dean of podiatry at
Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in
Miami Shores, FL. In 2009, the University named
Williams an honorary alumna, and she was the
keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony.
Williams is currently the director of the division of
podiatric medicine in the department of surgery
at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in
Miami, FL. She is also the chief of the department
of podiatry at Jackson North Medical Center
in North Miami Beach, FL, and she has been
the residency director for podiatric medicine
and surgery there for the past 25 years.
“It has become a very fast-paced game,”
says Williams about women’s college basketball.
“Most people know about women’s basketball
now; it’s a very common sport, well-received in
most communities, especially in college and now
at the WNBA. Young women and children have
aspirations to become part of the basketball world.”
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