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Aug. 17, 2006

RSU Names Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Rogers State University has named a former assistant coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio as its new assistant men's basketball coach.

Lloyd Williams, who also was a standout player for UTSA from 1996-2000, worked for three seasons as an assistant coach at the Division I program. Most recently, Williams served as the head freshman boys' basketball coach for Jenks High School, where the team finished as Frontier Conference Tournament Champions with a 19-5 record.

"Lloyd will be a tremendous asset to the basketball program with his experience as a player and assistant coach at the Division I level," said Wren Baker, RSU men's basketball head coach and athletic director. "In addition, his personality and ability to communicate with potential student-athletes and the campus community are tremendous assets for the university."

RSU announced last fall that it would develop an intercollegiate athletics program as a member of the NAIA. The Hillcats are scheduled to begin competing in men's and women's basketball in fall 2007. The university also competes intercollegiately in baseball, softball and rodeo.

As an RSU assistant coach, Williams will conduct individual player work outs, help plan conditioning work outs, assist in planning game strategies, recruit student-athletes and other related duties. He also will oversee the RSU Wellness Center, which is the university's on-campus health and fitness facility.

While at UTSA, Williams was responsible for coaching players both individually and during team practices, developing and directing pre-season conditioning workouts, evaluating and recruiting prospective recruits, scouting opposing teams, and organizing basketball camps.

During his four years as a starter for the Roadrunners, Williams was the school's all-time leader in assists and steals and was the 16th highest scorer in team history. He was named to the All-Southland Conference Team and during his senior year was honored as UTSA's most valuable player.

"One of the additional benefits to having Lloyd on our staff is that he was such a strong player during his college career," Baker said. "He still has the ability to get on the court and play against our student-athletes and this adds an extra dimension to our ability to assess and coach our players."

Williams also has coaching experience as head tennis coach, head coach for girls' junior varsity basketball, and assistant girls' varsity basketball for Stillwater High School during the 2003-04 season. He is married to Amy Williams, who is a women's basketball assistant coach for the University of Tulsa. The couple has a daughter, Kennadi, and live in Owasso.