WSSU Women’s Coach Gets An Extension

Updated: March 18, 2005

Winston-Salem, NC - Wednesday morning, Winston-Salem State University Director of Athletics, Dr. Chico Caldwell announced that Head Women’s Basketball Coach John Williams has been given a three-year contract extension that will take him through the 2007-08 basketball season.

Williams just finished his third season with the Lady Ram basketball program since coming to WSSU prior to the 2002-03 season from Wallace Community College in Selma, AL where he served as head men’s and women’s basketball coaches.

While serving as head coach at WCCS he received coach of the year honors twice in 1998 and again in 2000. In 1995-96 season Williams served as head men’s basketball coach at Alabama State University. Coach Williams received his first head coaching job at Savannah State University in 1990 and continued through 1995. In 1987 Coach Williams served as assistant basketball coach at North Carolina A & T State University until leaving in 1990. While serving as assistant coach he help guide the Aggies to a 21-0 conference record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1988. Coach Williams got his first coaching job at South Carolina State University in 1983 and stayed until 1987. Williams was a standout player while in high school and college. He received his B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1982 from the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama and received his M.S. degree in Education in 1986 from South Carolina State University.

In three seasons at the head of the WSSU women’s basketball program, Williams has an overall record of 43-40 for a winning percentage of 52.1% and has coached two players that were named All-CIAA performers.

Commenting on the contract extension, WSSU Director of Athletics, Dr. Chico Caldwell had the following comment:

“At the end of this season, as we do at the end of every season, Coach Williams and I sat down and had an end-of-year performance review. At the end of this season, I reviewed with Coach Williams the areas that need to be improved, as well as the things that I feel that he is doing an excellent job with. Having addressed all of these areas, I feel that at this time, John Williams is the coach that will take our program to the next level as we transition to NCAA Division I. Throughout Coach Williams’ time here with WSSU, there has never been an issue with the student status of his players. He demands academic success, and demands that his players attend class and fulfill all the responsibilities of being both a student and an athlete. His teams have done well in the classroom and on the court, and this past season, he guided the Lady Rams to the CIAA semi-finals for the first time since 2001-02. He uses basketball to teach his players for life. He has done an outstanding job recruiting during his tenure here as well. In the areas of game preparation, as well as in skills development, I feel that we will continue to look for improvements. However, when we looked at the complete picture, and as we look to the future of our women’s basketball program, we knew that, at this time, in the best interest of our program we needed to retain Coach Williams, and he has accepted a three-year extension to his contract. We at WSSU are looking forward to the continued success of our program under Coach Williams as we continue to strive to be the best team that we can be, and produce the best quality of student-athlete at WSSU.”

Williams’s contract extension will take effect starting April 1st, 2005 and will continue through the completion of the 2007-08 season.