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Williams selected as Tennessee assistant basketball coach

April 12, 2011, Whitney Schaefer

${image-alt} Alumnus Kent Williams

Former Saluki basketball star and 2003 marketing graduate, Kent Williams, was named as one of the University of Tennessee Volunteers assistant basketball coaches in April 2011. After working under new Tennessee basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin while the two coached at Missouri State, Martin invited Williams to come along to join the Tennessee staff.

Williams started all four years for the Salukis. Afterwards, he played in the NBA Developmental League for one season and then worked for one year at TEKsystems in St. Louis. Williams then returned to college basketball, working for three years each as the supervisor of basketball operations at Purdue University and then the assistant men’s basketball coach at Missouri State University prior to joining the Tennessee basketball staff.

While at SIU under head coach Bruce Weber from 1999-2003, Williams led the team in scoring all four years, making him the second all-time leading scorer in the school’s history. His teams made appearances at the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Tournaments, one landing in the Sweet 16. During those last two years, he was named to the First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference and was one of fifty players named to the MVC All-Centennial team announced in 2007. He was also a 2010 inductee into the Saluki Hall of Fame.