Corey Williams' coaching career at Florida State coincides with the winningest five-year period in the history of the Seminole basketball program - one that includes the first ACC Championship in school history, a school-record run of four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, four consecutive upper division finishes, four consecutive years of double digit wins in ACC play, five NBA Draft picks, 16 wins over nationally ranked teams and national rankings in each of the last four seasons.
Now in his sixth season at Florida State under Leonard Hamilton, Williams has helped the Seminoles develop into one of the best programs in the ACC with the perseverance that has made him an outstanding recruiter of top talent and with the personality that has allowed him to be successful in coaching the players whose competitive goals are to play in the NBA. Williams' extensive recruiting roots, which he has developed throughout his 12-year coaching career, have allowed him to assist in bringing the nation's top talent to Tallahassee - talent that has allowed the Seminoles to develop their own exciting brand of basketball and consistently become one of the top three teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Seminoles average nearly 23 victories per season with Williams on the bench as an assistant coach - the best five year average in school history. During that time, the Seminoles have advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament twice (for the first two times in school history), won the first ACC Championship in school history (2012), played in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments (2009-12), made five consecutive postseason tournament appearances, defeated the nation's No. 1 ranked team twice, restored the luster to a proud program and returned it to the forefront of college basketball.
Florida State finished the 2012 season with a 25-10 overall record and a school record 12-4 mark in ACC play. The Seminoles won their first ever ACC Championship as they swept through the ACC Tournament with wins over Miami in the quarterfinals, No. 2 seeded and No. 6 ranked Duke in the semifinals and No. 1 seeded and No. 4 ranked North Carolina in the Championship game. Florida State earned the automatic bid from the ACC and played in its school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament where it advanced to the third round for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated an ACC high six ranked teams including both Duke and North Carolina twice and defeated each of the four Tobacco Road teams in the ACC (Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest) in the same season for the first time since joining the ACC 1992.
WILLIAMS KNOWS SUCCESS AND WINNING
An NBA champion as a player, Williams helped Florida State to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and the 2012 ACC Championship after helping lead Oral Roberts to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances as a coach and Oklahoma State to consecutive NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances as a player. Williams has helped Florida State to four straight NCAA appearances - four appearances in his first five seasons at Florida State.
Nationally known as an outstanding recruiter, Williams' tireless work in attracting top flight players to Florida State has helped the Seminoles become one of the elite teams in all of college basketball. Each of Florida State's recruiting classes, since he hit the road for the Seminoles in 2008, has been ranked among the nation's top 25 including the Seminoles' 2012 class. His recruiting roots in 2011 had the Seminoles' class ranked within the nation's top 20 and included three players ranked among the top 100 recruits nationally. Florida State's class ranked 16th nationally in 2010 and in 2009 he helped recruit McDonald's All-American Michael Snaer (The MVP of the 2012 ACC Tournament) to Florida State. Williams helped assemble the Seminoles' 2008 recruiting class, which is considered to be one of the best in school history and formed the the cornerstones of the Seminoles' ACC Championship team in 2012. In 2008, the Seminoles recruiting class was ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation and No. 3 in the ACC. Florida State's 2008 recruiting class contained two top 75 players and two more who were rated in the top 15 in the nation at their positions. Thanks to Williams, Florida State's 2012 class is a perfect blend of inside and outside, lengthy and athletic along with offense and defensive minded players who will help the Seminoles fill the void of losing an six players to graduation and five to professional basketball.
TEAM SUCCESS AT FLORIDA STATE
Florida State has played in a school record four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and made five straight postseason tournament appearances during Williams' five years at Florida State. The Seminoles advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and won the ACC Championship in 2012 - two of the top achievements in school history. The Seminoles have won at least 10 ACC games in four consecutive seasons for the first time in school history and have won 43 ACC games in the last four seasons - a school record for any four year period since joining the ACC. The Seminoles' 70 percent winning mark in the last four seasons (156-79) is the best in any four-year period in school history and surpassed the Seminoles' winning mark of .686 during the 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons.
SUCCESS IN THE ACC
With Williams on its bench, Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last five years (since the start of the 2008-09 season) in total games won with 95 victories. The Seminoles average 23.8 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09), 22-10 (2009-10), 23-10 (2010-11) and 25-10 (2011-12) since Williams' arrival in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won 70 percent of their games and 43 of their 64 ACC games since the start of the 2008-09 season. Florida State is one of only two teams in the ACC in the last four years to win at least 10 games and finish in the top four of the league standings.
With 16 wins over ranked teams in Williams' first five seasons as an assistant on Florida State's staff, the Seminoles are the third winningest team in the ACC for victories over nationally ranked teams. The Seminoles' six wins over ranked teams - including two each over both Duke and North Carolina - led the ACC in 2012. Included in the Seminoles' 16 wins over ranked teams are two wins over the nation's No. 1 ranked teams (North Carolina in 2009 and Duke in 2011), No. 5 Notre Dame (in the 2011 NCAA Tournament) and No. 10 Clemson (during the 2009 regular season). The win over No. 10 ranked Clemson on the road helped Florida State earn a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles defeated Duke when they were No. 4 and No. 6 in the country and topped North Carolina when they were ranked No. 3 and No. 4 during the 2012 season. The Seminoles defeated No. 3 ranked North Carolina by a 90-57 margin on Jan, 14 2012 and defeated the No. 4 ranked Tar Heels, 85-82, to win the championship game of the 2012 ACC Tournament.
SEMINOLES TO THE SWEET 16 IN 2011
With victories over No. 5 ranked Notre Dame and No. 20 ranked Texas A&M in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Williams helped the Seminoles advance to within one win of the Elite Eight for only the third time in school history. The Seminoles' wins over Notre Dame and Texas A&M marked only the second time in school history that Florida State had defeated ranked teams in consecutive games during the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, Florida State's win over Notre Dame marked the Seminoles' first win over a top five ranked team in the NCAA Tournament since it defeated No. 2 ranked North Carolina to advance to the NCAA Tournament national championship game in 1972. The Seminoles win over Texas A&M in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament marked the first win over a ranked team in the NCAA Tournament since 1998.
FSU TEAM STATISTICAL IMPROVEMENT
Williams has helped Florida State become the nation's top defensive team and nationally renowned in multiple statistical categories. Williams' defensive background helped Florida State finish the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the field goal percentage defense national statistical champions. The Seminoles ranked fifth nationally in that category in 2012. The Seminoles' .363 field goal percentage mark was the lowest mark by an ACC team since 1960 - a span of 52 years - and was the seventh lowest mark in ACC history. The Seminoles became only the sixth team in NCAA history to repeat as the field goal percentage defensive national champions in 2011. In addition to ranking first nationally in the field goal percentage defense category, the Seminoles ranked fifth in blocked shots (6.0 bpg), 15th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.306), 24th in steals per game (8.3 spg) and 27th in rebound margin (+4.9 rpg) and were the only team in the nation to finish the season ranked in the top 30 in each of those five statistical categories during the 2010-11 season. In 2012, the Seminoles became the first team to lead the ACC in field goal percentage defense in four consecutive seasons and became on the fourth team in league history to lead the conference in blocked shots and steals in the same year.
FSU TEAM IMPROVEMENT
In Williams' five seasons at Florida State, the Seminoles' win total has increased by an average of more than four wins per season. In the five years prior to his arrival, Florida State averaged 18.4 victories and won at least 20 games only twice. In the five years since his arrival, Florida State averages 22.8 wins and has won at least 22 games four times with a near school record 25 victories coming during the 2008-09 and 2011-12 seasons. In addition, Florida State averages 10 ACC wins per season in his five years at Florida State after averaging six conference wins the five seasons prior to his arrival. Florida State has more ACC regular season games with Williams on the staff (52) than they did in the nine years before his arrival (49). Statistically, the Seminoles have become one of the top teams in the nation since Williams' arrival as an assistant coach. In 2011, the Seminoles became only the sixth team in NCAA history to repeat as the field goal percentage defensive national champions.
A BACKCOURT WIZARD
A former teammate of Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls, Williams has utilized his basketball knowledge and helped develop the Seminoles' backcourt during his four seasons in Tallahassee. Under Williams' tutelage, the play of the Seminoles' point guards has improved dramatically in his first five seasons on the Seminoles' bench. Luke Loucks, who is playing his first professional season in Latvia in 2013, was named to the All-ACC Tournament First Team in leading the Seminoles to the first ACC Championship in school history in 2012. Loucks was credited with an ACC Tournament championship game record 13 assists in the Seminoles' title clinching victory over North Carolina. Derwin Kitchen, who is now playing professionally in Israel, was the most improved guard in the ACC as a senior in 2011. Kitchen ranked fifth in the ACC in steals and sixth in the ACC in assists in 2011 while leading the Seminoles to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. On top of the point guard play, Williams helped McDonald's All-American Michael Snaer earn All-ACC Freshman honors in 2010 and has helped him develop into one of the most well-rounded players in the ACC. He also worked closely with All-American, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and All-ACC First Team selection Toney Douglas. Douglas graduated Florida State as one of the ACC's most decorated guards, leading the conference in steals in 2008, in scoring in 2009 and earning ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. Douglas was the ACC Player of the Year runner-up in 2009. Douglas was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NBA First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers and is now a member of the Houston Rockets.
WILLIAMS' NBA CONNECTIONS
As the only assistant coach in the ACC with an NBA Championship ring (with the Chicago Bulls) and an ACC Championship ring (at Florida State), Williams has worked with four NBA Draft picks in his first five seasons at Florida State. Most recently he worked with Bernard James the second round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers who will begin his professional career with the Dallas Mavericks in 2012. He also worked with first round picks Toney Douglas in 2009 (currently with the Houston Rockets) and Chris Singleton in 2011 (currently with the Washington Wizards). Williams was also instrumental in the development of second round selections Solomon Alabi and Ryan Reid in 2011.
Williams was an assistant coach for seven seasons at Oral Roberts where he helped lead the Golden Eagles to an average of 18 wins per season, including 20 or more wins in each of the last three seasons, and appearances in the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons. Oral Roberts finished with a 23-11 record and won the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament championship in 2007. Among its 23 wins during the 2007 season was a victory over No. 3 Kansas on the road at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.
ORAL ROBERTS RECRUITING
As Oral Roberts' chief recruiter during his tenure there (2001-07), Williams is credited with assembling the recruiting classes that allowed the Golden Eagles to become one of the top teams in the nation. Among the players he is credited with recruiting are Caleb Green, a two-time All-American and the first three-time Player of the Year in the Mid-Continent Conference and 2006 Mid-Continent Tournament Most Valuable Player Ken Tutt. Williams helped attract a majority of the players that dotted the Golden Eagle's roster and the Mid-Continent All-League teams.
WILLIAMS AT OKLAHOMA STATE
Williams played collegiately at Oklahoma State from 1989-1992. He is the 15th all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,320 career points. Williams played two seasons under his current boss, Leonard Hamilton, at Oklahoma State and helped lead the Cowboys to consecutive NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances under Eddie Sutton in 1991 and 1992. The Cowboys were ranked 14th in the final Associated Press poll of the 1991 season and 10th in the final coaches' poll following the 1992 season. With Williams in Oklahoma State's line-up for 128 games during his four-year varsity career, the Cowboys ranked as one of the top teams statistically in the nation. The Cowboys ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense in 1992, 12th in the nation in average margin of victory in both 1991 and 1992 and 20th in the nation in winning percentage in 1992.
OKLAHOMA STATE PLAY DURING CAREER
Oklahoma State went to four consecutive post-season tournaments (two NIT and two NCAA tournaments) and averaged 21.5 victories per season during his four-year career as a Cowboy. The Cowboys finished 24-8 and 10-4 in the Big 8 in 1991 and 28-8 and 8-6 in conference play in 1992. Oklahoma State was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation and defeated five nationally ranked teams during the 1992 season. They earned victories over No. 3 Missouri and No. 2 Kansas on their way to the Sweet 16 in 1992.
Williams was drafted by both the Chicago Bulls of the NBA and the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. He was drafted by the Chiefs despite the fact that he had not played football since junior high.
Williams chose basketball over football and spent two very productive years with the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. While a member of the Bulls in 1993, Williams helped Chicago win its third straight NBA Championship. He also played with the Minnesota Timberwolves during his NBA career. Williams spent the majority of the 1994 season with the Oklahoma City Cavalry of the Continental Basketball Association. He returned to Oklahoma State as a student assistant in 1994 and was a member of the Cowboys' staff during their 1994 Final Four season. Williams played professionally overseas in Taiwan, from 1995-98.
Williams, 42, earned his bachelor's degree in education from Oklahoma State in 1992. He and his wife Nicole have two children: Jourdan (13) and Corey, Jr. (9).
Assistant Coaching Positions
Year School Overall/Conference Record Accomplishments
2000-01 Oral Roberts 10-19/7-7 Summit Mid-Continent Tournament Semifinals
2001-02 Oral Roberts 17-14/9-4 Summit +7 win turnaround in first full season as Assistant Coach
2002-03 Oral Roberts 18-10/12-1 Summit 18 wins/ Victories over Arkansas and Wichita State
2003-04 Oral Roberts 17-11/10-3 Summit 17 wins/ Victories over Toledo and Wichita State
2004-05 Oral Roberts 25-8/11-1 Summit NIT Tournament/First place regular season finish/
Mid Continent Conference
2005-06 Oral Roberts 21-12/10-2 Summit NCAA Tournament West Region, First Round
2006-07 Oral Roberts 23-11/12-2 Summit NCAA Tournament East Region, First Round
2007-08 Florida State 19-15/7-9 ACC NIT First Round
2008-09 Florida State 25-10/10-6 ACC NCAA Tournament East Region, First Round/
ACC Tournament Championship Game
2009-10 Florida State 22-10/10-6 ACC NCAA East Regional, First Round
2010-11 Florida State 23-11/11-5 ACC NCAA Southwest Regional/Semifinals
2011-12 Florida State 25-10/12-4 ACC NCAA Tournament East Region