Richard Williams (basketball coach)

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Richard Williams
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Assistant Coach
Team Arkansas State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986–1998 Mississippi State
2001 Memphis Houn'Dawgs(ABA)
2003 Pearl High School
2004 Jackson Rage (WBA)
2008–2009 UAB (Dir. of BB Operations)
2009 LA Tech (Dir of BB Admin)
2010–2014 Arkansas State (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 191–163
Accomplishments and honors
SEC Tournament Championship (1996)
SEC Regular Season Championship (1991)
SEC Western Division Championship (1995, 1996)
SEC Coach of the Year (1991, 1995)

Richard Williams was the college basketball head coach at Mississippi State 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.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mississippi State (Southeastern Conference) (1986–1998)
1986–1987 Mississippi State 7–21 3–15 10th
1987–1988 Mississippi State 14–15 6–12 10th
1988–1989 Mississippi State 13–15 7–11 8th
1989–1990 Mississippi State 16–14 7–11 T-8th NIT Second Round
1990–1991 Mississippi State 20–9 13–5 1st NCAA First Round
1991–1992 Mississippi State 15–13 7–9 4th (West)
1992–1993 Mississippi State 13–16 5–11 5th (West)
1993–1994 Mississippi State 18–11 9–7 3rd (West) NIT First Round
1994–1995 Mississippi State 22–8 12–4 T-1 (West) NCAA Sweet 16
1995–1996 Mississippi State 26–8 10–6 T-1st (West) NCAA Final Four
1996–1997 Mississippi State 12–18 6–10 T-3rd (West)
1997–1998 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