Former NBA guard Mo Williams named Alabama State coach

Former NBA point guard Mo Williams was named head coach at Alabama State on Tuesday.

Williams played with seven teams during his 13-year career and he was named an All-Star with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008-09.

The 37 year old has been an assistant coach at California State University at Northridge for the past two seasons. He has served under coach Mark Gottfried, who coached Williams during his collegiate career at Alabama.

“We are excited about the direction of our men’s basketball program as we moved forward into this new era,” Alabama State athletic director Jennifer Lynne Williams said. “Mo Williams checked the boxes that we were looking for in the next head coach of Alabama State men’s basketball, and his passion and leadership speak volumes. He is no stranger to the South, having played high school basketball in Mississippi and college basketball in Alabama.”

Williams was an All-star in his first season in Cleveland, in 2008-09, when he averaged a career-best 17.8 points per game. Over his career, Williams averaged 13.2 points and 4.9 assists.

He will be formally introduced at a virtual press conference next week.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.