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A veteran of nearly two decades on the collegiate sidelines, Ramon Williams will embark on his third season as a part of the coaching staff at Ohio. He brings a proven track record of developing high-level guard play to the Bobcat bench.
Last year, Williams helped Ohio's guards rank tops in the conference in assists at 15.23 per contest, while D.J. Cooper ranked near the top of the nation individually. Williams' work with the guards is also one of the reasons that the Bobcats ranked tops in the MAC in scoring offense at 74.4 points per game, and third in three-point field goal percentage.
Williams was instrumental in the development of Cooper, who was named the 2010 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and received All-MAC Honorable Mention. Cooper would break the Ohio single-season records for steals (93) and assists (218), leading the conference with 2.5 takeaways per game and almost six assists per game. He finished as one of only two players to rank in the top 15 of both categories nationally.
Williams also worked with Armon Bassett, the 2010 MAC Tournament MVP. Bassett was an All-MAC Honorable Mention selection during the regular season but led the Bobcats to their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance by averaging 29.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists during four MAC tournament games. He would also break Earl Boykins' tournament record for points scored in a single year with 116 and then score 32 in the Bobcats' historic win over Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament.
Williams came to Ohio after a four-year stint at DePaul, where he helped guide the Blue Demons through the rugged BIG EAST Conference, widely regarded as the nation's top league. In Williams' second year on staff, DePaul posted nine BIG EAST wins and defeated three ranked teams en route to making its deepest postseason run in 17 years, a trip to the quarterfinals of the NIT.
While at DePaul, Williams was instrumental in the development of guard Dar Tucker, who earned National All-Freshman Team honors from The Sporting News and BIG EAST All-Rookie Team accolades in 2008 and declared for early entry into the 2009 NBA Draft following his sophomore season. Two more Williams protégés, Wilson Chandler and Sammy Mejia, were selected in the first and second rounds, respectively, of the 2007 NBA Draft.
The 2007-09 season also saw Williams mentor DePaul point guard Cliff Clinkscales to a nation-leading 3.62 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Williams spent the three years prior to his term at DePaul as an assistant at Richmond under current Blue Demons' head coach Jerry Wainwright. The Spiders reached the postseason in two of Williams' three seasons on staff, qualifying for the NIT in 2003 and capturing the program's second-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2004.
A 1990 graduate of VMI with a degree in economics, Williams was a member of the men's basketball staff at his alma mater for nine years as both an assistant and associate head coach before heading to Richmond. During his playing days for the Keydets, Williams was a two-time All-Southern Conference and SoCon All-Tournament Team selection, and finished his career as the program's third-leading scorer with 1,630 points. He continues to hold VMI program records for three-point field goals in a game and single-season three-point field goal percentage, while his school records for trifectas made and attempted in a season stood until the 2001-02 campaign.
Williams and his brother, Damon, who formed one of the most prolific scoring duos in NCAA history, were both inducted into the VMI Sports Hall of Fame in September of 2001.
A native of Roanoke, Va., Williams and his wife, Donnie, have two sons, Jackie and Jarhon.