Shammond Williams Joins Old Dominion Women’s Basketball as Assistant Coach
Old Dominion University Women’s Basketball Head Coach DeLisha Milton-Jones announced the hiring of former North Carolina sniper Shammond Williams as a full-time assistant coach on Tuesday. . The move comes after Williams joined the Milton-Jones staff as an assistant this summer.
Williams had previously been an assistant coach for the men’s basketball programs at Furman, Tulane and Western Kentucky.
“I am very excited about the additions to my staff this year, and I look forward to them all to bring specific attributes to help me take this program to new heights,” Milton-Jones said in an official statement. “Shammond Williams and [fellow assistant hire] Roland Jones Jr. will bring a wealth of knowledge that will help us adapt to all possible situations in a game.
âTheir experiences as professionals are an additional trait that complements my knowledge and experience very well. Their ability to develop players for the next level fits well with the vision I have for our program, and both will play complex roles for us in recruiting as well. “
Shammond Williams was a 4-year-old UNC player with over a decade of professional playing experience
He made 3 Final Fours and played in 325 games for seven NBA franchises
Shammond had a decorated playing career in Europe and represented Georgia on the international stage. pic.twitter.com/5la5DUczDZ
– ODU Women’s Basketball (@ODU_WBB) September 14, 2021
Williams is joining an ODU program which is in transition. The program was ready for a 2019-20 NCAA tournament bid before the pandemic hit and, shortly thereafter, lost then-head coach Nikki McCray to Mississippi State . In Milton-Jones’ first season at the helm (2020-21), the former WNBA player led her team to a 13-11 record.
Williams, one of the best three-point shooters in UNC history, played four years at Chapel Hill from 1994 to 1998. Recruited by Dean Smith, Williams played his first three seasons under the head coach Hall of Fame and his last under Bill Guthridge when Smith retired.
Although he never won a championship at UNC, Williams was an integral part of the team, making three Final Fours in 1995, 1997 and 1998.
As a junior, Williams averaged 14.1 points, 4.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds while achieving a career-high 41.9 percent out of three. His 95 three-pointers that season was a Carolina record for 20 years before Justin Jackson scored 105 in 2016-17.
After an excellent senior season averaging 16.8 points, 4.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds, Williams was selected in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.
His 233 career three-point field goals rank third in UNC history behind Marcus Paige (299) and Joel Berry (266), while his free throw percentage of 91.1 ranks first .
Williams played seven years in the NBA and averaged 5.8 points, 2.4 assists and 1.6 rebounds over 325 games played. The former Tar Heel has also enjoyed a long career abroad with seven different clubs in four different countries. He was honored as the 2005 Euro Challenge All-Star Game MVP.
Williams retired from basketball in 2011 to pursue a coaching career. He broke into the college coaching ranks with Furman during the 2012-13 season and made saves at Tulane (2013-16) and Western Kentucky (2016-17).