OFFICIAL: Williams named Assistant Basketball Coach at Milwaukee

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I mentioned this move a few times, including last week in my Milwaukee Basketball Staff Update. The first hiring is now official – here’s the release from Milwaukee:

 Jake Williams has been named an assistant coach for the Milwaukee men’s basketball team, head coach Bart Lundy announced today.

Williams comes to Milwaukee following a successful two-year run as the head coach at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas.

“Jake has taken two different programs to the national tournament,” Lundy said. “I got to know Jake when he was at USC Salkehatchie. He took a really tough job at Salkehatchie and made them a national contender and then did the same thing at Dodge City. I love his toughness and grit, and he has a lot of the attributes I really admire in a coach … he will be great for our players.”

This past season, he led the Conquistadors to an impressive 30-5 overall record, which included a 21-3 ledger in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference play. The historic season for the program came to a close in the Elite Eight of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, capping a list of accomplishments for the team.

Williams led the squad to its first KJCCC title since 2007, its first Region VI crown since 1982, and the first trip to the National Tournament since 1974, while also establishing a school record for victories in a single season with 30. 

Before his time in Kansas, Williams spent three seasons as the head coach at USC Salkehatchie, compiling a 68-24 record. His run there included consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in program history, highlighted by a 27-4 mark in 2019-20. His players were honored with back-to-back-to-back Region 10 Player of the Year and All-American Selections, and his teams made trips to the Region 10 Championship in each of the three seasons as well.

That 2019-20 campaign included a Region 10 regular-season championship as well as a District 10 Tournament crown. USC Salk won its first ever Region and District Championship and had received the No. 7 overall bid and a first-round bye into the Sweet 16 before COVID-19 led to cancellation of the event.

His overall career record as a head coach stands at 112-38, a .746 winning percentage. He has helped 26 players move on to the NCAA Division I level over the past five seasons and recruited and coached six NJCAA All-Americans.

Prior to USC Salk, Williams served as an assistant coach at Northwest Florida State. In his two years in Destin, Florida, he helped 10 student-athletes graduate and move on to Division 1 programs.

Williams graduated from Middle Tennessee State where he majored in Health Education and Sport Management, and is a native of Ashland City, Tennessee. He and wife Justine were married in 2021.

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