Samantha Williams

University of Louisville assistant, Samantha Williams coaches the Cardinals during a basketball game this season along side of head coach Jeff Walz. Williams was announced as the next women's basketball head coach at EKU on Wednesday. 

Eastern Kentucky University athletics has hired a new women’s basketball head coach after firing former head coach Chrissy Roberts after the 2018-19 season, according to athletic director Stephen Lochmueller.

A longtime assistant coach at the University of Louisville, Samantha Williams was hired to take over the team on Wednesday. EKU will introduce Williams to the fans and media on Wednesday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the EKU Center for the Arts.

Williams has helped the University of Louisville to eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Williams joined the staff at Louisville in 2011 and has since coached four WNBA draft picks and recruited the top recruiting class in the nation in 2015. Since 2011, Louisville has compiled a record of 243-53 and six top-10 finishes in the national polls.

The announcement comes as the Cardinals are in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The Cardinals have a number one seed and are looking to make it to the first Final Four since 2013.

Williams will be taking over a women’s basketball team that only won two games last season.

In a press release from Kevin Britton, assistant athletic director for communications, Williams said, “This is a special opportunity, and I’m ready to lead the program back to a level of excellence. I’m confident that the university and Richmond communities are going to love what they see from our student-athletes on and off the court.”

Lochmueller said in the press release, “few coaches have experienced as much success as Samantha has during her career,” Lochmueller said. “She has been a key part in some of the most successful women’s basketball teams the sport has seen over the past 17 years. That experience will be instrumental in rebuilding the EKU women’s basketball program. Samantha is a winner.”

Stay tuned for more updates and follow @easternprogress and @SportsEP on Twitter for updates on her introduction to the Colonel community.

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