Richard Williams (basketball coach)

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Richard Williams
Biographical details
Alma materMississippi State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1986Mississippi State (asst.)
1986–1998Mississippi State
2001Memphis Houn'Dawgs
2003Pearl HS
2004Jackson Rage
2008–2009UAB (DBO)
2009LA Tech (DBO)
2010–2014Arkansas State (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall191–163
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
SEC Tournament championship (1996)
SEC regular season championship (1991)
Awards
SEC Coach of the Year (1991, 1995)

Richard Williams was the college basketball head coach at Mississippi State University from 1986 to 1998. He is the 2nd most successful coach in school history with 191 victories (191–163 .540) bested only by his former assistant, Rick Stansbury. His 1991 squad won the Southeastern Conference championship and made the NCAA tournament losing in the first round to Eastern Michigan. His 1995 squad made the Sweet Sixteen, 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. Richard Williams resigned as the head coach at MSU two years removed from his Final Four appearance. After leaving MSU, he coached the Memphis Houn'Dawgs of the ABA and the Jackson Rage of the WBA. and coached for a time at his alma mater, Pearl High School. He served as the Director of Basketball Administration at UAB in 2008 and in 2009 he was named the Director of Basketball Administration and Program Coordinator for the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team on a volunteer basis.

Williams was an assistant coach for Arkansas State under former LSU Head Coach John Brady. Williams will be serving as the Color Commentator for the Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball team's radio broadcasts with Jim Ellis, starting in the 2014–15 season.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mississippi State (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 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 Sweet 16
1995–96 Mississippi State 26–8 10–6 T-1st (West) NCAA 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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