John Williams To Take Over Women's Basketball Program at Winston-Salem StateApril 24, 2002
Winston-Salem, NC - Winston-Salem State University has named John Williams as its head women's basketball coach. Williams, who has served as the head men's and women's basketball coach at Wallace Community College in Selma, Alabama since 1997, brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience to a Lady
Ram program that finished last season 17-13, reaching the finals of the 2002 CIAA Basketball Tournament.
"Coach Williams will bring integrity, discipline and most of all a winning attitude to our women's basketball program," said WSSU Director of Athletics Dr. Chico Caldwell who gave Williams his first coaching position as a student assistant at South Carolina State. "He possesses a very high moral character and not only serves as a coach, but also a teacher who will help our young ladies develop into mature adults."
With his new appointment, Williams will have coached in all four of the historically black conferences (CIAA, SIAC, SWAC, SIAC). He served as the head men's basketball coach at Alabama State from 1995-96, and prior to that held the same title at Savannah State (1990-95) where he received his first head coaching experience.
"I'm looking forward to becoming a part of the program at Winston-Salem State," said Williams who also played for Caldwell at Livingston University (now West Alabama University). "I've known Dr. Caldwell for a long time and whenever you get the opportunity to work with someone you're familiar with, it makes things a lot easier. I can't wait to arrive on campus and meet the young ladies and get to work. The fan support at Winston-Salem State is great and I'm eager to see how far we can take it next season."