Buzz Williams

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Buzz Williams
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Virginia Tech
Conference ACC
Record 24–34 (.442)
Biographical details
Born (1972-09-01) September 1, 1972 (age 43)
Greenville, Texas
Alma mater Oklahoma City University (B.S., 1994)
Texas A&M University–Kingsville (M.S., 1999)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1998 Texas–Arlington (assistant)
1998–1999 Texas A&M–Kingsville (assistant)
1999–2000 Northwestern State (assistant)
2000–2004 Colorado State (assistant)
2004–2006 Texas A&M (assistant)
2006–2007 New Orleans
2007–2008 Marquette (assistant)
2008–2014 Marquette
2014–present Virginia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 177-120 (.596)
Tournaments 8–5 (NCAA)
Accomplishments and honors
Big East Regular Season Championship (2013)

Brent Langdon "Buzz" Williams (born September 1, 1972) is an American basketball coach. He is currently the head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies.[1] He served as head men's basketball coach at Marquette from 2008 to 2014 and at New Orleans during the 2006–07 season, and as an assistant coach at the Texas-Arlington, Texas A&M–Kingsville, Northwestern State, Colorado State, and Texas A&M.[2]

Background and personal life[edit]

Brent Langdon Williams grew up in Van Alstyne, Texas.[3] He earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Oklahoma City University in 1994 and a master's degree in the same field at Texas A&M University–Kingsville in 1999. Williams married his wife, Corey Norman, in 2000.[3] They have two daughters (Addyson and Zera) and two sons (Calvin and Mason). Williams received his nickname, Buzz, while attending Navarro College. He "buzzed" around the men's basketball team so often, the coach gave him the nickname.

Career at Marquette[edit]

Williams coached Marquette to a 25–10 record in the 2008–09 season, where they lost to the Missouri Tigers in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. He coached Marquette to a 22–12 record in the 2009–10 season, which ended with a close loss to the 11th-seeded Washington Huskies in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

During the 2010–11 campaign, Williams led the Golden Eagles back to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2003. His team went 22–15 including a 9–9 Big East Conference record. They lost in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament to Louisville. Marquette received an at-large bid in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. There they defeated Xavier in the second round and Syracuse in the third round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen before they were defeated by North Carolina. After winning a share of the Big East Men's Regular Season, Marquette received an at-large bid in the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. There they earned come from behind victories over Davidson in the first round and Butler in the second round. In the Sweet Sixteen they defeated ACC regular season and conference champion Miami Hurricanes to earn a trip to Buzz Williams's first Elite Eight, where they lost to Syracuse.

The 2013–14 season was Williams' worst at Marquette, finishing 17–15 with a loss to Xavier in the Big East tournament.

Virginia Tech[edit]

Williams soon after departed for Virginia Tech and was named the new Hokie head coach on March 21, 2014, in a move that had other coaches and the national media questioning why he'd leave Marquette for the ACC's "stepchild program" in the words of The Washington Post.[4] The Chicago Sun-Times characterized it as a "head-scratching move to an ACC bottom-feeder."[5] Williams left behind a program which was relatively bare as there were only 9 scholarship players – none taller than 6'7" – the following year for new Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski.[5] At Virginia Tech, he replaced James Johnson.

To some, his first season was a major disappointment, finishing 15th in the ACC with a 2–16 record. Marquette had never had a losing record in the Big East under Williams, and this matched Johnson's worst year for the most ACC losses in Virginia Tech history. However, the Hokie team established a young nucleus with several true freshmen starting and playing significant minutes. Expectations were further set higher after Williams was able to snag transfer commits from Maryland starter Seth Allen, and the highly talented South Florida Bull, Zach LeDay. They both became eligible the following year.

The Hokies opened 2015–16 with a disappointing home upset loss to the Alabama State Hornets in Blacksburg, but things looked to be turning around as several four-star recruits from the highly touted recruiting class began playing significant minutes along with the transfers. On January 4, 2016, the Hokies defeated the in-state rival Virginia Cavaliers at home, marking Williams's biggest win to date. Starting 2–0 in ACC action, including a home OT victory over NC State, the Hokies already had as many conference victories in the first week of January as in their entire previous year.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
New Orleans Privateers (Sun Belt Conference) (2006–2007)
2006–07 New Orleans 14–17 9–9 4th (West)
New Orleans: 14–17 (.452) 9–9 (.500)
Marquette Golden Eagles (Big East Conference) (2008–2014)
2008–09 Marquette 25–10 12–6 5th NCAA Second Round
2009–10 Marquette 22–12 11–7 5th NCAA First Round
2010–11 Marquette 22–15 9–9 T–9th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2011–12 Marquette 27–8 14–4 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2012–13 Marquette 26–9 14–4 T–1st NCAA Elite Eight
2013–14 Marquette 17–15 9–9 6th
Marquette: 139–69 (.668) 69–39 (.639)
Virginia Tech Hokies (ACC) (2014–present)
2014–15 Virginia Tech 11–22 2–16 15th
2015–16 Virginia Tech 13–12 5–7
Virginia Tech: 24–34 (.414) 7–23 (.233)
Total: 177–120 (.596)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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