Eastern Kentucky University’s new women’s basketball head coach, Samantha Williams, was introduced to fans and the media on Wednesday at the EKU Center for the Arts.
Williams was joined by her family. Many EKU athletic coaches such as head men’s basketball coach A.W. Hamilton and more came out to support and welcome Williams to Eastern. President Michael Benson and athletic director Stephen Lochmuller introduced Williams and spoke to the crowd before Williams addressed the audience.
Williams was a longtime assistant coach to Jeff Walz at the University of Louisville and was hired to take over the EKU women’s basketball program on March 27.
“Seeing what [Walz] did in terms of promoting the game, getting out into the community and being accessible to the fans, I think that is something I take with me immediately,” Williams said.
Williams is coming into a program that only won two games last season and didn’t win a single game in the conference. She told the fans and the media that her goal is to turn the program around.
Williams wants to instill in her players a winning mentality.
Williams said what makes Richmond so special is the passion for basketball. Williams wants fans to come out and support the women’s team this season and pack McBrayer Arena.
“I hope [the fans] know they are important. When you can get a gym with a loud crowd, that can give you an advantage,” Williams said.
As she settles down in Richmond, Williams is excited and ready to get to work with her players. She said her style of offense will be fast.
“You will see us be prepared,” Williams said.