October 16, 2009 9:15:00 AM
Louisiana Tech University announced the addition of former Mississippi State men''s basketball coach Richard Williams to its men''s basketball staff.
Williams will be the director of basketball administration and program coordinator on a volunteer basis at Louisiana Tech. He served as the director of basketball operations at UAB in 2008.
During his tenure (1986-98) at MSU, Williams helped coach the Bulldogs to the NCAA Final Four in 1996 and he was chosen Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year twice.
Williams is the second-winningest coach in MSU history with a mark of 191-163.
"(Williams) is someone who will bring invaluable experience and knowledge, which will help us in many different areas this upcoming season," Louisiana Tech coach Kerry Rupp said in a statement. "Adding someone like coach Williams will be a great benefit to me, our staff, the players, and the program."
Williams will be responsible for all internal operations of the basketball program and day-to-day administrative duties related to assisting Rupp. He also will serve as a liaison between the assistant coaches, support staff, and senior athletic department administrators and oversee the day-to-day operations of the team.
"I''m excited about joining coach Rupp''s staff at Louisiana Tech," Williams said. "With my experience, I hope I will be able to make some sort of contribution to the players and staff."