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Scott Williams
Scott Williams
Position: None
Born: 03/21/68
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:259 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
General Manager John Hammond announced today that Jim Cleamons, Scott Williams and Josh Oppenheimer will complete Larry Drew’s coaching staff as assistant coaches. They join Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel, who were named to Drew’s coaching staff earlier in the summer. In addition, Scott Barthlama has been named head athletic trainer, Chris McKenzie has been named director of physical therapy and athletic trainer, and Robert Hackett has been named strength and conditioning coach.
As with any offseason, coaching vacancies pop up, so the opportunity for a guy like Williams to continue his coaching career in the NBADL is almost a sure thing. Williams said he feels confident in his abilities after his first season. “I now know that I can do it, I can coach. Interacting with guys from Solomon Alabi to Sean Evans, I felt like I could connect, and deal with each personality that was apart of our team. I’m moving in baby steps, and I have a lot to learn still as a coach, but I feel confident in my abilities.” Williams concluded.
Williams explained, “I learned and grew so much as a coach in the NBADL. Head coach Mike Peck and myself didn’t even know each other entering the season, but we quickly developed a connection, and he was amazing to me. He assigned me in charge of our “bigs” and defense. I could probably have been a sixth assistant coach at another level, but I wouldn’t have learned as much as I did coaching in the D-League. I was able to get my hands in the clay.”
Williams, along with head coach Mike Peck, and fellow assistant coach Barry Rohrssen, started the season off 4-16 as the Idaho Stampede quickly fell to the bottom of the D-League standings. However, Peck and his crew (Williams included, of course) turned things around and went 15-15 over their last 30 games, also ending the year with a three-game winning streak. Yet, the highlight for Williams this past season wasn’t their turn around, but a Call-Up for Justin Holiday. “Without a doubt, having Justin (Holiday) get a GATORADE Call-Up was the pinnacle for us as a coaching staff. He wasn’t necessarily a guy on many NBA teams’ radars, or a top prospect going into the season, but he worked very hard, and seeing that hard work pay off was very gratifying. He put in all the extra time, the late night workouts, and we were very proud.” Williams said.