EKU Women’s Basketball Coach Samantha Williams resigns

Williams has accepted a position at another school

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RICHMOND, Ky. (EKU Athletics) – Samantha Williams will not be returning as the Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach and has accepted a position at another university , Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan confirmed this afternoon.

 

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“I’d like to thank Coach Williams for her dedicated service to EKU as head coach the past two seasons and I wish her much success at her next stop,” Roan said.  “She is an outstanding coach who will make that program better.  I am excited to get to work right away and find a dynamic leader who will build upon the solid foundation which has been established, recruit and develop student-athletes at a high level on and off the court, and put our program into championship contention.”

 

After the program won just 10 games in the two seasons prior to Williams’ arrival, she led the Colonels to 20 victories over the past two seasons.  In her first season, Williams led one of the biggest turnarounds in Division I basketball.  Eastern won 11 games in 2019-20, nine more than the year before.  It was the third-best turnaround in the nation and the largest win improvement by any first-year head coach.  The Colonels started Ohio Valley Conference play 6-3 that season, their best start since the 2014-15 campaign.

 

The team once again improved its conference win total again this past season, picking up three additional victories.

 

Williams concludes her tenure with a 20-33 overall record.

 

A national search for the next women’s basketball head coach at EKU will begin immediately.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com