Jim Williams (basketball)

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Jim Williams
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1915-03-19)March 19, 1915
Malad City, Idaho
Died May 31, 2007(2007-05-31) (aged 92)
Fort Collins, Colorado
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946–1954 Snow
1955–1980 Colorado State
Head coaching record
Overall 352–283 (college)

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.

Williams also served as the school's athletic director during the construction of Moby Arena and Hughes Stadium and the school's entrance into the Western Athletic Conference.

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.