Joe Williams (basketball)

Joe Williams (born c.1934) is a retired college basketball coach. He was head coach of the Jacksonville University men's basketball team from 1964 to 1970, Furman University from 1970 to 1978 and the Florida State University from 1978 to 1986.

Joe Williams
Biographical details
Born1934/1935 (age 84–85)[1]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1986Florida State
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA championship runner-up (1970)
NCAA appearances
SoCon Tournament champions (1971, 1973–1975, 1978)
SoCon regular season champions (1974, 1975, 1977)


Williams notably led Artis Gilmore and the Dolphins of Jacksonville University to the final game of the 1970 NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Sidney Wicks and the UCLA Bruins, coached by John Wooden, 80–69.[2]

During his eight-year tenure (1970-1978) at Furman, the Paladins made it to the NCAA Tournament five times (1970–71, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75 and 1977–78); won the Southern Conference Tournament five times (1970–71, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75 and 1977–78) and the regular-season SoCon title three times (1973–74, 1974–75 and 1976–77).

Williams is one of only 25 head coaches to have led three different teams to the NCAA tournament.[citation needed] He is a 1994 inductee of the Jacksonville University athletic hall of fame,[3] and a 1996 inductee of the Furman University Athletic Hall of Fame.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Williams' son, Blake, was an assistant basketball coach at Furman University in 2010.[5] A nephew, Brian Johnson, is an MLB pitcher.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Barnes, Craig (January 29, 1986). "Williams Quits as Pressure Builds at FSU". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  2. ^ Berghaus, Bob (March 12, 2015). "When college hoops had Maravich, UCLA and Jacksonville". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "Joe Williams". Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Furman University Athletic Hall of Fame". Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "Furman's Strong Promoted To Associate Head Coach, Williams Joins Paladins Staff". May 13, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  6. ^ Smith, Christopher (July 24, 2015). "Boston Red Sox LHP Brian Johnson shares 10 fun facts about himself -- from family to baseball". Retrieved April 7, 2019.

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