Charlotte, N.C., March 26
– The Charlotte Sting, under the new ownership of Robert L. Johnson, announced today the hiring of Fred Williams as the first assistant coach. Williams will assist Trudi Lacey, who was promoted to head coach on February 13, 2003.
“Fred has been involved with women’s basketball for many years. His experience and knowledge of the game having served as a professional and college head coach will be invaluable to me. I am happy to welcome Fred to the Charlotte Sting family,” said Head Coach Trudi Lacey.
Williams, a 19-year coaching veteran, spent four seasons on the coaching staff of the WNBA’s Utah Starzz. He compiled a 36-37 record as head coach of the Starzz, who have since relocated to San Antonio.
Williams also served as the women’s head coach at the University of Southern California from 1995-97. He guided the 1996-97 squad to a 20-9 record and a trip to the NCAA tournament where they advanced to the second round. Prior to his head coaching experience at USC, Williams served 10 seasons as assistant coach, including two as associate head coach during Cheryl Miller’s tenure. Coaching players such as Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson, Williams helped guide USC to the 1984 NCAA Championship, two NCAA Championship appearances, five Pacific-10 Conference titles and nine NCAA tournament appearances.
A 1980 graduate of Boise State University, Williams most recently served as a scout for the Utah Jazz. He has also worked as a radio and television analyst, a public speaker, musical performer and producer.
The Charlotte Sting begin the season on Friday, May 23 vs. the Washington Mystics. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Coliseum. Please call (704) 424-WNBA or log on to www.charlottesting.com for ticket information.