During his days as a student at Cal, Michael Williams considered it to be a special coup that he knew someone with keys to old Harmon Gym, allowing him and his friends to play late-night pickup basketball.

As interim athletic director at Cal, Williams, 53, is now that guy. "When I went up to Memorial Stadium and I had a pass that opened the football offices, it was unbelievable," Williams said during his first media interview since being given the keys to operate Cal's athletic department.

"There are elements of this that are just a dream job," said Williams, a former Cal wrestler now retired from a successful career in investment management.

Williams officially began his job Wednesday as interim replacement for Sandy Barbour.

  • Rachel Hanson was named Stanford's head softball coach. Hanson joins the Cardinal after four seasons as Dartmouth coach.

    Miscellany

    Eleven-year-old Lucy Li of Redwood Shores lost to Alice Chen of Princeton, New Jersey, in 19 holes in the first round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links championship in DuPont, Washington.

  • San Jose's Shotaro Ban is tied for fourth, three shots off the lead, after a first-round 69 at the Southern Amateur in Ooltewah, Tennessee.

  • The Earthquakes have sent David Bingham to the San Antonio Scorpions for the fall season, the former Cal goalkeeper tweeted. "Had a great time back with @SJEarthquakes but it's time to head back to @SAScorpions for the fall season!" wrote Bingham, who was on loan with the Division II team in the spring.

  • Brandon Bednar's fielder's choice grounder and a throwing error by Rancho Cucamonga shortstop Leo Rodriguez plated two runs in the 10th inning, lifting the San Jose Giants to a 9-8 win over the visiting Quakes.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.

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