USD's Williams takes Huskers' top job
LINCOLN, Neb. -- After four successful seasons in Vermillion, University of South Dakota women's basketball coach Amy Williams is trading in one shade of red for another.
LINCOLN, Neb. - After four successful seasons in Vermillion, University of South Dakota women’s basketball coach Amy Williams is trading in one shade of red for another.
Williams was announced as the new women’s basketball coach at the University of Nebraska Monday, with both Nebraska and USD confirming the move.
A former Husker women’s basketball player, Williams replaces Connie York and will be formally introduced Tuesday in Lincoln.
"What an honor to return home as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Nebraska,” Williams said in a Nebraska news release. “My family and I are thrilled to be joining this outstanding university and the Lincoln community. I am grateful to President Hank Bounds, Chancellor Harvey Perlman and (Athletic Director) Shawn Eichorst for their confidence in me and I am eager to continue to build on the rich tradition of my alma mater."
Williams is a Spearfish native who played at Nebraska from 1994-98. She led the Coyotes to two Summit League regular-season championships, one conference tournament title and the school’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 2014. The Coyotes (32-6) won the WNIT championship earlier this month.
Williams was 96-44 as the Coyotes coach and became the second-winningest coach in school history. Before coaching at USD, she was the head coach at Rogers State (Okla.) and served as an assistant at Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
“Amy is a very skilled and experienced basketball coach who has a track record of success both on and off the court and is an ideal fit for Nebraska,” said Eichorst in a release. “Amy has built a women’s basketball program from scratch into a national contender, led teams to conference championships, a NCAA tournament appearance and won the 2016 WNIT championship. She has a proven vision, plan and knows how to recruit regionally, nationally and internationally which will translate very well to Nebraska.”
Nebraska finished the 2016 season at 18-13 and missed the NCAA tournament after four straight appearances in the Big Dance.
Yori, who was the coach for 14 years and took Nebraska to two Sweet 16 appearances, resigned last Tuesday. Nebraska conducted an investigation into allegations she mistreated players. Yori has denied any wrongdoing.