Jun 22, 2016
CARROLLTON, Georgia -- Alford A. Williams, the women's basketball head coach at conference rival Southern Crescent Technical College since 2013, has been named women's basketball head coach at West Georgia Technical College. Williams replaces Kenny Edwards, who stepped down after a highly successful five-year run to pursue other opportunities.
A native of Oklahoma City, Williams has guided the Southern Crescent Lady Tigers since 2013. Prior to taking the reigns of the women's program, Williams served one year as an assistant coach for the Southern Crescent Tech men's basketball team.
Williams' Southern Crescent teams finished in second place in the GCAA conference standings and were conference tournament runner-ups in each of the last two seasons.
Monesiea Prothro will return as assistant coach. Prothro was Edwards' top assistant last year.
"We are pleased to welcome Coach Williams to the West Georgia Technical College family. Our women's basketball program has historically been very successful, so we wanted to find someone that could come in and maintain that level of success and also build upon that foundation," said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel.
"I want to personally welcome coach Alford Williams to West Georgia Tech," said Dr. Tonya Whitlock, Vice President for Student Affairs. "As coach Williams transitions to his new role, he will have the full support of our senior staff and student body."
"I'm excited that we were able to find someone of the caliber of Alford Williams to take the head coaching position for women's basketball," West Georgia Tech Athletic Director Todd Pratt said. "The fact that he has three years of coaching experience in our conference will be a big advantage. With the foundation that was put in place by Kenny Edwards and the former players that came through the program, we hope that coach Williams will experience a smooth transition into this new role."
Williams is a retired major in the United States Army where he served our country for 27 years, including three tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq. On the homeland, his military service took him to destinations such as Fort McPherson in Georgia, Camp Shelby in Mississippi, North Carolina's Fort Bragg, Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina and the Recruiting Command Center in Atlanta.
Now that his career in the military is over, Williams can focus on his true passion, which is coaching basketball.
"It's nice to be in a position to be able to do what you want to do instead of what you are told to do," Williams said, in reference to his military past. "My experience in the United States Army, rising from a private to an officer, has served me well and will be an asset going forward. The role of a head coach is similar to that of a military officer in the sense that everything that I do affects everybody beneath me."
Williams said that one of his top priorities over the first few weeks on the job is to develop and enhance relationships with local high schools as well as with the coaches of four-year colleges who could potentially recruit his players.
West Georgia Tech will soon announce the date and location for an open tryout, which will take place in mid-July.
Williams takes over a program that experienced unprecedented success over the past three seasons. West Georgia Tech's record over that span was 64-26 and the Golden Knights did not lose a conference game in either the regular season or postseason tournament. Last season was the best in school history, as West Georgia Tech went 26-7 while advancing to the semifinals of the NJCAA Division III National Tournament. The Golden Knights were ranked No. 4 in the country at the end of the season.
The Golden Knights advanced to the NJCAA Tournament in two of the last three seasons and have won three-consecutive GCAA/Region 17 regular season and tournament titles.
"Standards and traditions are earned through hard work and they should be maintained by whoever comes into that situation," Williams said. "Therefore, I have to do exactly the same thing. As coaches and student-athletes, we all have to come together and meet those standards of excellence. We will place great emphasis on academics and we will incorporate the philosophies and traditions of West Georgia Technical College into our standards as a program."
Williams earned his Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts Degree at Regents College in New York City.
Williams resides in Hampton, Ga. with his wife, Anita, and their four children: Tia, Demetruis, Alexander and Courtney.
West Georgia Tech opens the 2016-17 season in late October.
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