Mo Williams was introduced as the new head coach at Alabama State via an online press conference on YouTube and Zoom.
Williams was a 14 year NBA veteran winning the 2016 NBA championship with Cleveland who also had stops in Portland, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Charlotte and in Los Angeles with the Clippers. He played his college ball for the Alabama Crimson Tide before being drafted by Utah in the second-round of the 2003 NBA draft.
This will be Williams first head coaching job after spending the past two years as an assistant at Cal-State Northridge.
During the press conference, he was asked about his inexperience in coaching and said, “I have over 90 years combined of head coaching experience that I can lean on including Mark Gotffried, Jim Harrick, Avery Johnson and more.”
Williams also mentioned his desire to become a head coach first came to mind during his third year in the NBA when he began to volunteer coaching a U14 team which eventually led to him creating his own youth program.
Throughout the press conference, Williams was poised and comfortable answering questions from media across the United States no doubt relying on his experiences being in front of the camera in the NBA.
He mentions his deep ties to the region that he felt would allow him immediate success in the SWAC with him having played at Bama and his parents being born in the same region. Williams said, “Recruiting is the easy part for me, just having conversations with the kids.”
Williams also said his immediate goal is to be the best team in the SWAC.
Alabama State went just 8-24 last year under previous head coach Lewis Jackson and they haven’t had a winning season since 2014-15 when they went 19-10.