Coach Bio

Fred Williams
College - Boise State
Fred Williams is entering his first season as the Head Coach of the Tulsa Shock. Williams was named Head Coach of the Shock on Jan. 23, 2014. Williams previously spent six seasons with the Atlanta Dream becoming their head coach midway through the 2012 season. In the last four years Williams has been on a coaching staff in three WNBA Finals (2010, 2011, 2013). While with the Dream, Williams helped coach Atlanta to three WNBA Eastern Conference Championships and in six years coached in five WNBA Playoff appearances.

Williams also served as an advance scout for the NBA Utah Jazz, Seattle Supersonics, Sacramento Kings and Washington Mystics. He was awarded the National Women’s Basketball League coach of the year and all-star coach in 2006 in which he guided the San Diego Siege to the NWBL championship finals.

From 2003-2004, Williams spent two seasons with the former WNBA team Charlotte Sting as an assistant. Williams spent four seasons rebuilding the former WNBA team Utah Starzz starting the first season (1998) as an assistant and the next three (1999, 2000, 2001) as the Head Coach.

Williams served as assistant and head coach at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1983-90 and 1994-97. Williams helped guide the 1983-84 USC team to back-to-back NCAA titles.

Williams has coached several Hall of Fame players such as Cynthia Cooper, Pamela McGee, Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson.

Williams is from Inglewood, California and a graduate of Boise State University. While at Boise State, Williams was an All-Big Sky player and one of the top free-throw shooter in the country. After graduating from Boise State, Williams signed as a free agent with the Utah Jazz.

When Williams isn’t coaching he’s an avid musician and goes by Freddy Bass Williams. Williams has released two Jazz Albums called “Game Time” in 2011 and “My Gift to You” in 2013. He also owns Freddy Bass Music Productions and in the process of writing a kids coloring book.


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