OFFICIAL: Furman Names Williams as Assistant Basketball Coach

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Jimmie Williams has joined the Furman men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, it was announced by second-year Paladin head coach Bob Richey. The move was first reported by back on 10/11 (Furman Dirt).

Williams, a native of Olathe, Kan., spent the past three seasons as an associate head coach at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. After joining a program that had not had a winning season since 2010, Williams helped the Cardinals to a 20-9 overall and 10-win season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference during the 2017-18 campaign. The 20-win campaign and No. 20 national ranking marked the first for the Cardinals since moving to NCAA Division II.

Prior to joining the William Jewell staff, Williams worked for four years as an assistant to head coach Chad Lister at North Greenville. He helped guide the Crusaders to their first Conference Carolinas title and NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 2015 after NGU posted a school-record 22 wins.

In 2006, Williams began his coaching career as an assistant at MidAmerica Nazarene and later served as head coach at Stoutland High School in 2008-09. He spent time as an assistant at Texas Wesleyan University and Southwestern University before joining the North Greenville program.

As a player, Williams was a two-time all-conference selection at MidAmerica Nazarene and led his squad to a school record 117 wins and four tournament appearances over his four years, including a runner-up finish in 2001. During his high school career, he guided Olathe East to the Kansas 6A state title in 1998.

Williams completed his Master of Business Administration at North Greenville University in 2014 after earning his undergraduate degree from MidAmerica Nazarene in 2002. He is married to the former Stephanie Rickey and the couple have four children: Christopher, Sloane, Stella and Jimmie IV.

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