Amy Williams (basketball)
Amy Michelle Williams (née Gusso; born August 19, 1976) is the current head coach of the Nebraska women's basketball team. She was previously the head coach at the University of South Dakota, and led the Coyotes to the 2016 WNIT championship.
|Born||August 19, 1976|
Spearfish, South Dakota
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2001–2005||Oklahoma State (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Early life and education
Born Amy Michelle Gusso in Spearfish, South Dakota, Williams graduated from Spearfish High School in 1993 and played 57 games as a reserve guard for the Nebraska Cornhuskers women's basketball team at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from 1994 to 1998. Williams graduated from Nebraska in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in biology and mathematics.
From 1998 to 2000, Williams was a graduate assistant for the University of Nebraska at Kearney women's basketball team while studying for her master's degree in sports administration, which she completed in 2002. Williams was an assistant coach at UTSA in the 2000–01 season then at Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2005. From 2005 to 2007, Williams was an assistant at Tulsa. Williams helped Tulsa win the program's first regular season and tournament titles in Conference USA and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006.
Williams got her first head coaching job as the first women's basketball head coach at Rogers State University, an NAIA school in Claremore, Oklahoma, in 2007. In five seasons, Williams accumulated a 97–65 record and two NAIA Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012 for the upstart Hillcats program.
In 2012, Williams returned to the NCAA Division I level as head coach at South Dakota. Williams went 96–44 in four seasons, all of which ended with postseason appearances, including the 2013 WBI semifinals, 2014 NCAA Tournament first round, and 2015 WNIT second round. The 2015–16 South Dakota team went 32–6 and won the 2016 WNIT.
Head coaching record
|Rogers State Hillcats (Sooner Athletic Conference) (2007–2012)|
|2010–11||Rogers State||23–10||15–7||4th||NAIA First Round|
|2011–12||Rogers State||22–12||14–8||4th||NAIA Quarterfinals|
|Rogers State:||97–65 (.599)||61–49 (.555)|
|South Dakota Coyotes (Summit League) (2012–2016)|
|2012–13||South Dakota||19–16||10–6||3rd||WBI Third Round|
|2013–14||South Dakota||19–14||7–7||4th||NCAA First Round|
|2014–15||South Dakota||26–8||13–3||1st||WNIT Second Round|
|2015–16||South Dakota||32–6||15–1||1st||WNIT Champions|
|South Dakota:||96–44 (.686)||45–17 (.726)|
|Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Ten Conference) (2016–present)|
|2017–18||Nebraska||21–11||11–5||T–3rd||NCAA First Round|
|Nebraska:||42–49 (.462)||23–27 (.460)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Amy Williams". Huskers.com. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
- "Banner moment: USD wins WNIT title in Dome finale". Argus Leader. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
- "Amy Gusso". University of Nebraska Athletics. 1998. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
- "Basketball (W): Amy Williams, Head Coach". Rogers State University. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013.
- "2015–16 Women's Basketball Coaching Staff: Amy Williams, Head Coach". University of South Dakota Athletics. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
- McKewon, Sam (April 11, 2016). "New coach Amy Williams, a former Husker women's hoops player, has to pick up a torn program's pieces". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved December 11, 2016.