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Nebraska hires Amy Williams

Per reports, the next head coach at Nebraska will be Amy Williams.

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Per reports and confirmed by Swish Appeal sources, Amy Williams will become the next head coach at Nebraska.  Connie Yori recently resigned from the helm after a 14-year tenure. Yori resigned Tuesday after an extensive investigation by the university regarding the mistreatment of players and fostering a negative and dysfunctional environment.

Williams comes from the University of South Dakota, where she compiled a 96-44 overall record in her four years as the head coach. This season, the Coyotes won the WNIT championship, finishing with an overall record of 32-6.

This was the first WNIT championship in school history.  Additionally, Williams guided USD to back-to-back Summit League regular season championships (2014-15 and 2015-16), to the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational her first season, an NCAA tournament appearance in 2014, and has led the 'Yotes to the championship game of the Summit League Tournament each of her four years at South Dakota.

Before USD, Williams served as the head coach at Rogers State (2007-2012), where she built the program from scratch into an NAIA national contender.  Williams had a 97-65 record while at RSU.

The 2011-2012 Hillcats were 22-12 and advanced to the NAIA Final 8 for the first time in school history.  RSU also made an NAIA national tournament appearance in the 2010-11 season.  Before Rogers State, Williams served as the top assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Tulsa (2005-2007), top assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State (2001-2005), and assistant coach at Texas-San Antonio (2000-2001).

Amy Williams is a Nebraska alum, walking on for her first year and playing on scholarship for the final three (1994-98).  She earned Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors as a senior in 1997-98.  After graduating from Nebraska, she served as a Graduate Assistant for the Nebraska-Kearney women's basketball program.

Coach Amy Williams at South Dakota:

Season Records:

2012 - 2013: 10-6 (19-16, Semifinals of WBI, 11-6 at home)

2013 - 2014: 7-7 (19-14, NCAA First Round, 13-3 at home)

2014 - 2015: 13-3* (26-8, Second Round WNIT, 15-0 at home)

2015 - 2016: 15-1* (32-6, WNIT Champions, 17-1 at home, only loss coming to Final Four appearing team, Washington)

Totals:

Overall:  96-44 (Pct. = .686) 

Summit League:  45-17 (Pct. = .723)

Home Games: 56-10 (Pct. = .848)

  • Appearance in Summit League Tournament Championship game each of her four years
  • 9-3 in Summit League Tournament games
  • Back-to-back Summit League regular season champions (2014-15 and 2015-16)
  • Made post-season play each of four years
  • First Summit League team in any sport to win a national title (2016 WNIT)
  • 56-10 (.848) home game winning percentage

*  - Indicates regular season conference championship