Sept. 8, 1997
Sam Williams Named USC Men's Basketball Assistant Coach
LOS ANGELES -- Sam Williams, who has more than 15 years of professional basketball experience, has been named an assistant men's basketball coach at USC, head coach Henry Bibby announced today. "We are extremely pleased to welcome Sam to USC," Bibby said. "He brings a variety of valuable skills and a wealth of NBA experience to our program."
Williams, 38, played in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors (1981-83) and the Philadelphia 76ers (1983-85). Later, he competed in nine different foreign pro leagues (Italy, France, Belgium, Venezuela, Turkey, Mexico, Japan and China), the Continental Basketball Association (1991) and with the Magic Johnson All-Stars touring team (1994). No stranger to the Pacific-10 Conference, Williams was a three-year letterman at Arizona State (1979-1981), where he was tagged with the nicknames of "Sam-the-Slam" and "Slammin' Sam" because of his electrifying dunks. He was a starting forward during the 1980 and 1981 seasons as the Sun Devils compiled a record of 46-11. Both those teams finished second in the Pac-10 race, which is still Arizona State's highest finish in 19 years of league play. He was selected as Arizona State's team MVP in 1981 after leading the Sun Devils to a 24-4 season. As a senior in 1981, Williams averaged 13.2 points and 6.3 rebounds and earned All-Pac-10 first team honors. He was also an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in 1980, after averaging 12.4 points and 6.0 rebounds. All five starters on the 1980 Sun Devil team (Williams, Kurt Nimphius, Alton Lister, Lafayette Lever and Byron Scott) went on to play in the NBA.
Williams was selected in the second round of the 1981 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors with the 33rd pick. A native of Los Angeles, Williams prepped at Westchester (Calif.) High, where he was a McDonald's High School All-American and led the Los Angeles City Section in rebounding and blocked shots in 1977. He spent one season (1978) at Pasadena City College, averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds a game for the Knights.
He also has extensive experience in coordinating special events such as basketball camps and has worked in conjunction with a public relations firm to secure major corporate sponsorships. Williams, who was born on March 7, 1959, currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Terry and their two daughters, Samarah, 4, and Spencer, 2.