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CCC&TI HIRES WILLIAMS AS NEW LADY COBRAS HEAD COACH

Ike Williams - New CCC&TI Women's Basketball Coach

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has named Ike Williams, a former women’s basketball assistant coach at rival Catawba Valley Community College, as its new head women’s basketball coach.

With coaching experience dating back to 1989, Williams also was head coach at Newton-Conover High School and an assistant at Statesville, Bunker Hill and Hickory high schools, as well as two high schools in Columbia, S.C. He also has been a successful coach in local AAU and has coached several athletes who went on to play Division I basketball.

CCC&TI Athletic Director Matt Anderson considers Williams a great addition to CCC&TI Athletics’ winning tradition.

“I am extremely excited to have Ike Williams join the Cobra family,” Anderson said. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience; he is a great coach, and even better person. Coach Williams shares the same vision to develop student athletes and to establish our women's basketball team as one that will compete on the national level.”

A native of Columbia, S.C., Williams attended and played basketball at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C. He also played a year at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. Williams has a 15-year-old daughter, Autumn, and an 11‐year‐old son, Kobe.

Williams said he is excited about the opportunity to coach the Lady Cobras and add to its history of winning programs. This will be his first time as a collegiate head coach.

“I love this community,” he said. “This area is fertile with basketball talent and is fanatical about basketball.”

Williams said he teaches his players to have four priorities: religion, family, education and basketball, in that order. He also wants to instill a strong work ethic in his players.

“We are going to outwork any team,” he said. “They will be prepared to be on the cutting edge and work harder than they ever have in the past.”

Williams said his team will play hard-nosed defense and fast-tempo, in-your-face offense. Fans can expect a classy, hard-working, winning and community-minded team taking the court for each game, Williams said, adding that he hopes fans will get behind the team and be involved.

Williams will get to work immediately recruiting and preparing for this fall. In addition to several planned signings the next few weeks, he hopes to find some talented local players through open tryouts.

Williams will host open tryouts for the Women's Basketball team from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 in the gym on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson. Prospective players must bring a current copy of their physical and must be unsigned in order to be eligible. For more information about the tryouts, contact CCC&TI Athletic Director Matt Anderson at 726-2606.