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Corey Williams
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Macon, Ga.
Alma Mater: Oklahoma State
Graduating Year: 2002
Phone: (386) 822-8118
Email: clwillia@stetson.edu
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Williams Videos
With an NBA championship and nine NCAA Tournaments as both a player and coach on his resume, Corey Williams knows what it takes to be a winner. He also knows that it doesn’t happen overnight.

Named the 21st head coach in program history on June 3, 2013 -- less than 10 weeks before the start of the school year -- Williams guided Stetson to a 7-24 record in his first season with the Hatters.

After opening his rookie season with eight consecutive games away from home, Williams earned his first career head coaching victory with a 56-52 win over Volusia County rival Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 3, 2013 in DeLand.

Williams has been blessed throughout his basketball playing and coaching career to be surrounded by and learn from some of the finest minds in the game, including Phil Jackson, Eddie Sutton, Bill Self and Leonard Hamilton.         

A native of Macon, Ga., Williams played point guard at Oklahoma State. He had a lengthy career as a professional player, spending his rookie season in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls where he was a part of the 1993 NBA Championship team, before starting his coaching career.

“I’m excited,” Williams said at the press conference announcing his hire. “To be able to lead this program means an awful lot to me and my family. I knew back when I first started out in this profession that my ambition was always to be a head coach. For Stetson University to give me this opportunity, I’m very grateful. I’m humbled, I’m grateful.”

“Stetson University is privileged to be able to call Corey Williams our new men’s basketball head coach,” Stetson Director of Athletics Jeff Altier said that day. “Corey is a winner, he has worked with and played for some of the finest minds in the world of basketball and as such he understands the discipline, commitment and strategy that is needed to be successful. Everywhere Corey has played or coached his teams have won and won big, and I am excited to have him as a part of the Stetson team.”

Prior to taking the reigns at Stetson, Williams spent six seasons as an assistant at Florida State. His career with the Seminoles coincided with the team’s winningest five-year period, beginning in 2007-08. During this time the team won its first ACC Championship, enjoyed a school-record run of four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, four consecutive years of double digit wins in ACC play, produced five NBA Draft picks, recorded 16 wins over nationally ranked teams and appeared in the national rankings in four straight seasons.

Williams assisted in the development of the Seminoles into one of the best programs in the ACC with the perseverance that has also made him one of the nation’s top recruiters. He was instrumental in Florida State’s run to the 2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 as well as the 2012 ACC Championship.
    
Before joining the Florida State staff, Williams was an assistant coach for seven seasons at Oral Roberts where he aided the Golden Eagles in achieving an average of 18 wins per season, including 20 or more wins in each of his last three seasons in Tulsa. ORU captured the Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2006 and 2007, advancing to play in the NCAA Tournament each season. The 2006-07 squad not only finished with a 23-11 record, but the Golden Eagles also stunned the college basketball world when they defeated then-No. 3 Kansas, 78-71, in an early-season game at legendary Allen Fieldhouse.

Williams played collegiately at Oklahoma State from 1989-1992. He finished his career eighth on OSU’s career scoring charts with 1,320 points. During his collegiate playing career he helped lead the Cowboys to consecutive NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances under Coach Eddie Sutton in 1991 and 1992. The Cowboys were ranked 14th in the final Associated Press poll of the 1991 season and 10th in the final coaches’ poll following the 1992 season. With Williams in Oklahoma State’s line-up for 128 games during his four-year varsity career, the Cowboys ranked as one of the top teams statistically in the nation.

Following the conclusion of his collegiate career, Williams was a 2nd-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls, but that wasn’t his only professional opportunity. Despite having not played football since junior high, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Williams in the 12th round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He was the only OSU Cowboy drafted that year.
    
As a rookie in the NBA, Williams was a member of the Michael Jordan-led Bulls as the franchise captured its third straight NBA title. Following his one season in Chicago, Williams played parts of the next season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, while also playing for the Oklahoma City Cavalry of the CBA. He returned to Oklahoma State as a student assistant in 1994, serving as a member of the Cowboys’ staff during their 1994 Final Four campaign. Williams then played and coached professionally in Taiwan, from 1995-98.
    
Williams, 44, earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma State in 2002. He and his wife, Nicole, have two children: Jourdan (14) and Corey, Jr. (10).

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