Jim Williams (basketball)
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March 19, 1915|
Malad City, Idaho
|Died||May 31, 2007
Fort Collins, Colorado
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
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Jim Williams (March 3, 1919 – May 31, 2007) was coach of the Colorado State University men's basketball program for 25 seasons (1955–1980). He succeeded Bill Stranigan following the program's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
During his tenure he amassed 352 wins, the most for any Division I college coach in Colorado history. His teams made a total of four NCAA Tournament and two NIT appearances. In 1969 he took the Rams to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, beating arch-rival Colorado in the Sweet Sixteen before losing a tightly contested game to Drake University.
Following his dismissal in 1980 Williams continued to attend CSU games where he was given his own special courtside seat. Williams was also among the first entrants in CSU Sports Hall of Fame.
On May 31, 2007, Williams died at the age of 92.