Felician's Martin Williams Signs Pro Soccer Contract In Sweden

(Photo of Martin Williams by Steven R. Smith)
(Photo of Martin Williams by Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Former Felician University men's soccer player Oluremi "Martin" Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y./Wingate) has signed a professional contract in Sweden.

The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Williams has joined Motala AIF FK of Sweden's second division. He will report for training camp in mid-March in preparation for Motala's season opener on April 8. He is expected to play center midfielder and center back.

In Williams' only season as a Golden Falcon in 2016, he was voted to the all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Second Team. Starting all 17 games at center midfielder, he tied for eighth in the CACC with six goals, tied for 12th with 14 points, and finished sixth with 44 shots.

"I'm just very excited; since I was a kid, this has been my dream," Williams said. "I have family in Sweden and I know it will be very cold. But the soccer will get me through it. I am also very grateful for the assistance of The Fussball Project."

Williams spent parts of his childhood living in Europe and Africa before attending Wingate High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He played for Rockland Community College prior to matriculating at Felician.

"Most players grow up with the dream of becoming a professional athlete," said Felician head coach Erik Kotnyski. "Our entire coaching staff is excited that Martin will have that opportunity. He is someone who works on a daily basis to improve. We are thrilled that his passion will now be his profession, and look forward to seeing how he tackles this chance."

Williams is the first former Golden Falcon to play professional soccer outside the United States since Lukas Fraczek returned to his native Poland for a contract in 2009.

 

Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.