Mike Williams
Mike Williams

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
5th Season


Mike Williams is entering his fifth season as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan women's basketball program. Williams is involved in all on-court coaching and also serves as camp director of the University of Michigan women's basketball camps. He is also involved in the recruiting process and helps to monitor the academic standing of the student-athletes.

Williams arrived in Ann Arbor following five seasons as current U-M associate head coach Dawn Plitzuweit's top assistant at Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Mich.) from 2002-07.

During Williams' tenure at GVSU, the Lakers earned four postseason berths, including an NCAA Division II National Championship title in 2005-06. Grand Valley State compiled a 117-39 (.750) record, including a 68-22 (.756) mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

In addition to his on-court coaching duties, Williams was heavily involved in the recruiting process while monitoring the overall academic success of the program. He was responsible for developing defensive strategies and coordinating practice routines. Williams also handled alumnae relations and the administration of the summer basketball camps.

Prior to accepting the associate head coaching position at GVSU, Williams was responsible for starting the women's basketball program at Finlandia University (NCAA Division II) in Hancock, Mich. In three seasons as head coach (1999-2002), Williams guided the Lions to a combined record of 44-33. Williams has a wealth of head coaching experience at the high school level, having led Hancock High School's girl's varsity team for 11 seasons (1989-2000). He guided his teams to a combined record of 207-51 (.802) while claiming eight district and four regional championships. Williams also served as head coach of the boy's varsity team at Hancock for five years, tallying a combined record of 72-36 (.667).

Williams began his coaching career in 1986 as head coach of the girl's varsity team at Ironwood High School in Ironwood, Mich. He then moved on to Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Mich.), where he served as assistant head coach under current U-M head coach Kevin Borseth during the 1988-89 season.

A native of Antigo, Wis., Williams graduated from Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in health education. He played basketball at UWSP under legendary coach Dick Bennett.

Williams was married to the former Amanda Kerkstra on May 17, 2008. The couple have two sons, Isaiah and Bobby.


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