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Alabama State Picks “Mo” Williams As Next Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Alabama State Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jennifer Lynne Williams has announced Maurice “Mo” Williams as the next head coach of the Alabama State men’s basketball program.

A decorated NBA veteran, Mo Williams comes to Alabama State after a twoyear stint at California State University at Northridge (CSUN), where he served as an assistant coach on Mark Gottfried’s staff.

A proven winner at every level, Williams enjoyed a prosperous 14-year NBA career, including an NBA Championship season with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

Prior to his pro career, Williams played for Gottfried at Alabama from 2001-03 where he helped lead the Crimson Tide to the SEC regular season title as a freshman. He was named Sporting News National Freshman of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year in 2002, as he guided the team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He would go on to post a career-best 16.4 points per game during his sophomore season before entering the 2003 NBA Draft.

Maurice “Mo” Williams
Maurice “Mo” Williams

Drafted by Utah, Williams would play his rookie season with the Jazz before spending the next four seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. Williams played three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2008-11) where he teamed up with LeBron James and helped the Cavs post a league-best 66 wins in 2008- 09. Williams was selected to the NBA All-Star Game in his first season with Cleveland.

After stints with the Los Angeles Clippers (2011-12), Portland Trail Blazers (2013-14), Minnesota Timberwolves (2014- 15) and Charlotte Hornets (2015), Williams returned to Cleveland for the 2015-16 campaign. In his final season in the NBA, Williams and the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in seven games to win the 2016 NBA Finals.

Howard Named Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach at East Georgia State

Theo Howard
Theo Howard

Theo Howard has been named the interim head women’s basketball coach at East Georgia State College.

He replaces Warren Goosby, who was the 2020 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Co-Coach of the Year.

A coach with 25 years of experience under his belt, Howard comes to East Georgia State as its fifth head coach in the history of the women’s basketball program.

Howard most recently spent three seasons as the women’s basketball recruiting coordinator/assistant coach at Columbus State University (CSU). Prior to his stint at CSU, Howard served as a volunteer assistant for the Livingstone College women’s basketball program for two seasons and before that he served as the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Salem College women’s basketball program (2012-2014). Howard coached men’s basketball during the 2011-2012 season, when he served as a volunteer assistant coach for Winston-Salem State University.

Howard has also served as an Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at North Carolina Central (2015) and Winston-Salem State (2003-15).

Prior to his stint in higher education, Howard served an as executive director for the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit.

Howard played basketball on the collegiate level at Consumnes River College in Sacramento, California and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) where he was also a standout performer.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters in Sports Administration from UWL.

Howard and his wife, Anita, the head women’s basketball coach at Georgia Southern, have three children: Jason, Thallan and Theo II.

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