Honors & Awards
- Summit League Coach of the Year (2015, 2016)
- WNIT Champions (South Dakota, 2016)
- Summit League Regular-Season Champions (South Dakota, 2015, 2016)
- NCAA Tournament (South Dakota, 2014)
- Summit League Tournament Champions (2014)
- Four Summit League Championship Game Appearances
- Head Coach, Nebraska (Present)
- Head Coach, South Dakota (2013-16) - 96-44 Record (4 Seasons)
- Head Coach, Rogers State (2008-12) - 97-65 (5 Seasons)
- Assistant Coach, Tulsa (2007)
- Assistant Coach, Oklahoma State (2002-05)
- Assistant Coach, Texas-San Antonio (2001)
- Graduate Assistant, Nebraska-Kearney (1999-2000)
- Four-Year Letterwinner Nebraska (1995-98)
Amy Williams opens a new chapter in a familiar place after being named the head coach of the University of Nebraska women’s basketball team by Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst on April 11.
Williams, who has proven herself as both a winner and a program builder in her nine seasons as a collegiate head coach, returns to her alma mater to lead a new stage in the Husker program.
Williams, who was a four-year letterwinner (Amy Gusso, 1995-96-97-98) at Nebraska, played for coaches Angela Beck and Paul Sanderford before embarking on a career in coaching. The academic All-Big 12 honoree earned her bachelor’s degree from Nebraska as a biology and mathematics major in 1998, before earning her master’s degree in sports administration from Nebraska-Kearney in 2002.
Williams spent four highly successful seasons (2013-16) as the head coach at South Dakota, where she led the Coyotes to four consecutive postseason tournament appearances. She led USD to a 32-6 overall record that culminated with a WNIT Championship in 2015-16. The Coyotes won the Summit League regular-season title with a 15-1 conference mark. For her efforts, Williams was named the Summit League Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Her gritty pack of Coyotes went 32-3 after opening the year 0-3. South Dakota’s 32 wins were a program record (Division I), surpassing the 26 victories her Yotes totaled in 2014-15, when she won her first Summit League Coach-of-the-Year award. Over Williams’ final two seasons at USD, her teams went 58-14 (.806), including 28-4 in the Summit League and a pair of regular-season conference crowns.
She led USD to 16 straight wins (longest in school history) before falling to rival South Dakota State in the Summit League Tournament title game on March 8, 2016. The Coyotes defeated the same South Dakota State team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament twice during the regular season. Five of USD’s six losses in 2015-16 came to teams that advanced to postseason play, including a loss to NCAA Women’s Final Four qualifier Washington.
Williams’ team bounced back with six straight wins in the WNIT, including a six-point victory over Creighton, a 12-point win over Minnesota, a victory over Northern Iowa, a 14-point win over Western Kentucky and a whopping 34-point victory over Oregon to advance to a title game win over Florida Gulf Coast.
Williams finished her four-year stint in Vermillion with the second-most victories in program history (96), averaging 24 victories per season in her first stop as an NCAA Division I head coach. Williams, who guided the Coyotes to an appearance in the Summit League championship game all four seasons, led USD to remarkable home-court success at the DakotaDome. The Coyotes were 32-1 at home over the past two seasons with the lone loss coming to 2016 NCAA Women’s Final Four participant Washington (Dec. 12, 2015).
Williams also helped the Coyotes to success in the stands, attracting 7,415 fans to the DakotaDome for the WNIT Championship game win over FGCU. Vermillion, which is located in the southeast corner of South Dakota near the Nebraska and Iowa borders, has a population of just over 10,000. Overall, USD ranked in the top 50 nationally in average home attendance in 2015-16, despite its relatively small population base.
In 2014-15, Williams guided USD to a 26-8 overall mark that included a trip to the second round of the WNIT. The Coyotes went 13-3 in conference to capture the Summit League regular-season title.
USD's 2014-15 success represented a seven-game improvement in the win column over a 2013-14 campaign when South Dakota finished 19-14 after winning the Summit League Tournament title.
That team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament before falling to Stanford in the first round. In her first season at South Dakota, Williams finished with a 19-16 overall mark and earned a trip to the Women’s Basketball Invitational semifinals after advancing to the conference tournament title game for the first time.
Williams, who will enter her 10th season as a head coach in 2016-17, began her head coaching career with a unique opportunity at Rogers State in Oklahoma. She was named the first-ever head women’s basketball coach for the fledgling program in 2007-08 and built the program from the ground up. Her stay at the Claremore, Okla., school culminated with a trip to the NAIA Elite Eight in 2011-12. In five years heading the Hillcats, Williams produced a 97-65 record, including the school’s first trip to the NAIA Tournament in 2010-11.
Williams began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Nebraska-Kearney (1998-99 to 1999-2000), before earning a full-time assistant coaching role at the University of Texas San Antonio in 2000-01. She spent four seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State (2001-02 to 2004-05), before working in a similar role at Tulsa (2005-06 to 2006-07).
Williams helped the Golden Hurricane claim its first Conference USA regular-season and tournament championships in 2006. The Hurricane also earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament and won its first tournament game on its way to a 26-6 record.
Williams served as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State, and brought the 2003 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year to Stillwater in a class that was ranked No. 19 nationally by All-Star Girls Report.
A native of Spearfish, S.D., Williams and her husband, Lloyd, have two daughters Kennadi and Bentli.
- University of Nebraska, 1998 (Bachelor's Degree, Biology/Mathematics)
- University of Nebraska-Kearney, 2002 (Master's Degree, Sports Administration)
Amy Williams' Year-by-Year Head Coaching Record
|2007-08||Rogers State (NAIA)||13-18||.419||9-13||.409||--|
|2010-11||Rogers State||23-10||.697||15-7||.682||NAIA 1st Round|
|2011-12||Rogers State||22-12||.647||14-8||.636||NAIA Elite Eight|
|2012-13||South Dakota||19-16||.543||10-6||.625||WBI Semifinals|
|2013-14||South Dakota||19-14||.576||7-7||.500||NCAA 1st Round|
|2014-15||South Dakota||26-8||.765||13-3||.813||WNIT 2nd Round|
|2015-16||South Dakota||32-6||.842||15-1||.938||WNIT Champion|
|Totals||Nine Seasons||193-109||.639||92-58||.613||6 Postseasons|
|Div. I||Four Seasons||96-44