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Weber State women’s basketball hires Kamiko Williams as assistant coach

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | May 10, 2022

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In this photo from the 2021-22 season, Nicholls State women's basketball assistant coach Kamiko Williams gestures during a game.

Weber State announced the addition of assistant coach Kamiko Williams to the women’s basketball coaching staff Tuesday.

Williams is an alum of the University of Tennessee, where she played for the late, legendary Pat Summitt, and has seven years of college coaching experience.

“I’m very excited to add coach Miko to our coaching staff,” WSU head coach Velaida Harris said in a news release. “She will be great for the Weber State community and tremendous for our players. She’s a high-energy coach who brings skilled teaching and knowledge to go along with her championship pedigree … Kamiko is a huge piece of the puzzle we need heading into the future.”

Williams replaces four-year assistant Amy Donovan, who has left the staff for another opportunity. She will assist Harris primarily with combo guards, wings and defense.

Williams most recently was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Nicholls State last season.

Wade Payne, Associated Press

In this March 23, 2013, photo, Tennessee guard Kamiko Williams (4) saves the ball during an NCAA Tournament first-round game against Oral Roberts in Knoxville, Tenn.

As a 5-foot-11 player, Williams helped Tennessee to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years as a Volunteer, including three trips to the Elite Eight. She averaged 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.8 assists during four NCAA tourney games her senior year. She was known as a tenacious defender and an important leader that season as Tennessee played for the first time in 38 years without Summitt as head coach after she retired in 2012.

In 2013, Williams was drafted by the New York Liberty and averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in her rookie WNBA season before a knee injury ahead of her second year ultimately pushed her out of the league.

Williams worked from 2015-18 on staff at Division II’s New Haven in a variety of roles before being hired as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Monmouth, where she coached from 2018-21. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminal justice, which she earned in three years at Tennessee, and is pursuing a master’s degree in human services, according to WSU’s news release.

Harris is entering her fifth year as WSU head coach after signing a new contract last month. The Wildcats went 11-20 last season, including the team’s first Big Sky tournament win since 2017.

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