Richard Williams (basketball coach)

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Richard Williams
Current position
TitleSpecial Assistant to the Head Coach
TeamSouthern Miss
Biographical details
Alma materMississippi State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1986Mississippi State (assistant)
1986–1998Mississippi State
2001Memphis Houn'Dawgs
2003Pearl HS
2004Jackson Rage
2008–2009UAB (DBO)
2009Louisiana Tech (DBO)
2010–2014Arkansas State (assistant)
2020-PresentSouthern Miss (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall191–163 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
SEC regular season (1991)
SEC Tournament (1996)
SEC Coach of the Year (1991, 1995)

Richard Williams is an American basketball coach currently on the staff at the University of Southern Mississippi. He served as the head men's basketball coach at Mississippi State University from 1986 to 1998, compiling a record of 191–163. His 191 victories are the second most of any head coach in Mississippi State Bulldogs men's basketball program, history, bested only by his former assistant, Rick Stansbury. Williams's 1991 squad won the Southeastern Conference regular season championship and made the 1991 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, losing in the first round to Eastern Michigan. His 1995 squad made the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament, and his 1996 squad made the school's only Final Four appearance, losing to Syracuse, 77–69. He received two SEC Coach of the Year awards. Williams resigned as the head coach at Mississippi State two years removed from his Final Four appearance.

After leaving Mississippi State, Williams coached the Memphis Houn'Dawgs of the American Basketball Association (ABA), the Jackson Rage of the World Basketball Association (WBA), and at his alma mater, Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi. He served as the director of basketball administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2008 and in 2009 he was named the director of basketball administration and program coordinator for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball team on a volunteer basis. Williams was an assistant coach for Arkansas State under John Brady from 2010 to 2014. Williams served as the color commentator for the Mississippi State basketball team's radio broadcasts from the 2014–15 season through the 2019-2020 season.

Head coaching record[edit]


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1986–1998)
1986–87 Mississippi State 7–21 3–15 10th
1987–88 Mississippi State 14–15 6–12 10th
1988–89 Mississippi State 13–15 7–11 8th
1989–90 Mississippi State 16–14 7–11 T–8th NIT Second Round
1990–91 Mississippi State 20–9 13–5 T–2nd NCAA Division I First Round
1991–92 Mississippi State 15–13 7–9 4th (West)
1992–93 Mississippi State 13–16 5–11 5th (West)
1993–94 Mississippi State 18–11 9–7 3rd (West) NIT First Round
1994–95 Mississippi State 22–8 12–4 T–1st (West) NCAA Division I Sweet 16
1995–96 Mississippi State 26–8 10–6 T–1st (West) NCAA Division I Final Four
1996–97 Mississippi State 12–18 6–10 T–3rd (West)
1997–98 Mississippi State 15–15 4–12 5th (West)
Mississippi State: 191–163 89–113
Total: 191–163

      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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