Jimmy Williams
Jimmy Williams

Assistant Coach

Second Season

Alma Mater:
Ashland University, 1970


Memphis NCAA Tournament Notes

Tigers to meet St. Mary's in a second-round contest Thursday.


Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. Houston

Tigers to host Houston in a Conference USA clash Wednesday at FedExForum.


Memphis Basketball Notes/Battle 4 Atlantis Supplement

Tigers to meet Minnesota in Battle 4 Atlantis action Friday.


Memphis Basketball/NCAA Tournament Notes

Tigers to meet Saint Louis in a second-round game Friday in Columbus, Ohio.


Post Game Quotes


Road to the Rivalry

Can't get enough your Memphis Tigers basketball team? Check out Memphis Men's Basketball 24/7: Road to the Rivalry. The Memphis Tiger Network followed the Memphis Men's Basketball team around a week while they prepared for their rivalry match-up against Louisville.

Check out Episode one of this six part mini series.


Ohio Highlights and Game Recap

The University of Memphis men's basketball team (5-2) had four players notch doubles figures and the Tigers used pesky defense to cruise by Ohio (6-2), 84-58, Wednesday night at FedExForum.

Check out highlights and post-game interviews from the Tigers' big win right here on the Memphis Tiger Network.


Memphis Basketball

The Annual Memphis Madness to kick off the start of Tiger basketball season.


2012 Memphis Madness Predictions

Memphis Madness is only a day away and the players are excited to get back on the Forum floor. Check out who the players pick to win the 3-point contest and the highly anticipated dunk contest.

See you at Memphis Madness on Friday, October 12 at 7:00pm.


Memphis vs. CBU (Exhibition)

The Tigers hosted CBU in an exhibition game at FedExForum on Wednesday, November 7

Jimmy Williams is in his second season on the Memphis staff in 2012-13. He joined the Tigers program as an assistant coach in December of 2011 and served the remainder of the 2011-12 campaign.

Williams arrived in the Bluff City in the midst of growing positive momentum for the Memphis program. The Tigers had just come off a 25-10 campaign, a Conference USA Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2010-11, and Williams' assistance continued that trend of success in 2011-12.

In his four months on staff, Williams helped the Tigers to a 26-9 record, a Conference USA sweep of the regular season and tournament crowns and an NCAA Tournament bid. In fact, Memphis went 21-7 with Williams on the bench (since Dec. 11, 2011), including a stretch in which the Tigers won 20 of 23 games.

Williams, a well-respected coach with expertise in big man development and zone defense, worked his magic with the Tigers' post players in 2011-12, helping Tarik Black and Ferrakohn Hall become two of the squad's most-consistent performers down the stretch.

Black, who shattered the Memphis single-season field goal percentage mark (68.9 percent) in 2011-12, averaged 13.4 points and 5.0 boards while shooting 76.1 percent from the floor in the last 10 games of the campaign. Black, an All-Conference USA second team and All-C-USA Defensive Team pick, had averaged just 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds and shot 58.8 percent from the field in the seven games prior to Williams' arrival. Likewise, Hall improved under Williams' guidance as the year progressed. Hall netted a season-high 10 points on 5-of-5 field goals in the C-USA Tournament title game win over Marshall and followed that with a seven-point, six-board performance in the NCAA Tournament second round.

Prior to joining the Tigers staff, Williams had been training players by himself and also working with players at the prestigious John Lucas Camp in Houston since 2007.

Williams has coached 37 players that went on to the National Basketball Association (NBA), including 15 first-round draft picks. Notables that Williams coached during his career include Dave Winfield, Mychal Thompson, Kevin McHale and Kevin Garnett. Thompson was the 1978 NBA Draft's No. 1 overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers, and McHale was the 1980 NBA Draft's No. 3 overall selection by the Boston Celtics.

In his most recent collegiate coaching stint prior to Memphis, Williams helped direct the Oklahoma State Cowboys to a 65-36 record and three-straight postseason appearances (2005 NCAA, 2006 and 2007 NIT) from 2004-07. The 2004-05 Oklahoma State squad went 26-7, won the Big 12 Conference Tournament and earned the league's NCAA Tournament automatic bid. The Cowboys, coming off a 2004 NCAA Final Four appearance, advanced to the 2005 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in Chicago, where they dropped a heart-breaking 79-78 loss to Lute Olson's Arizona team. Josh Pastner (assistant coach) served on Olson's staff that season.

Williams' first "go-round" in Stillwater, Okla., was in the 1999-2000 campaign. That season, Oklahoma State posted a 27-7 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. The Cowboys were ranked sixth in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll that season.

Before he returned to Oklahoma State in 2004, Williams spent one season as an assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette. The 2003-04 Ragin' Cajuns swept the Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles and earned the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

In between his collegiate coaching days at Oklahoma State in 1999-2000 and Louisiana-Lafayette, Williams jumped to the NBA and took an assistant position on Flip Saunders' staff in Minnesota. He was with the Timberwolves from June of 2000 until September of 2002 and helped the organization to back-to-back NBA Playoff appearances (2001, 2002). During his time with the Timberwolves, Williams worked with Garnett, a 14-time NBA All-Star. In the fall of 2002, Williams moved to the Golden State Warriors as an advance scout for the 2002-03 season.

Prior to his first stint at Oklahoma State, Williams served on Danny Nee's staff at Nebraska from 1993-99, including the last three seasons as associate head coach. The Huskers earned six-consecutive postseason tournament berths during Williams' time in Lincoln. Nebraska won the 1994 Big Eight Conference Tournament and claimed the 1996 NIT crown.

After a two-year coaching hiatus in the mid-1980s, Williams returned to the collegiate ranks as an assistant for J.D. Barnett at Tulsa in 1988. He spent two seasons with the Golden Hurricane program, before moving on to San Diego State where he was an assistant for three seasons with the Aztecs (1990-93).

Before his leave of absence from college coaching, Williams served on the Minnesota Golden Gophers staff under both Bill Musselman and Jim Dutcher for 15 seasons from 1971-86. While in the Twin Cities, Williams helped lead the Golden Gophers to Big Ten Conference championships in 1972 and 1982. Minnesota advanced to the postseason six of the 15 seasons and finished in the Big Ten's upper division nine times during his tenure with the Gophers.

Williams began his coaching career at his alma mater, Ashland University, as the junior varsity head coach. He accumulated a 12-3 record during the 1969-70 season.

A native of Havana, Fla., Williams graduated from Ashland University in 1970, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Education. He was a college division All-American for the Eagles and helped the school to the college division national championship in 1969.

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