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Nebraska Hires Amy Williams To Lead Women's Basketball

Nebraska once again raids South Dakota to fill a vacant basketball coaching position.

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The University of Nebraska has lured alumna Amy Williams back to be Head Women’s Basketball Coach.  Williams will be formally introduced at a press conference on Tuesday, April 12 at 10:00 am in the lobby of the Hendricks Training Complex.

Williams is a Spearfish, South Dakota native who played at Nebraska from 1994-1998 and graduated in 1998 as a four year letter winner in the Husker women's basketball program. Somewhat related: Nebraska men's basketball head coach, Tim Miles, is also a native of South Dakota, hailing from Doland.

Williams has 18 years of coaching experience, including nine years as a Head Coach, first at Rogers State University where she started the women’s basketball program and led the program to back-to-back NAIA national tournament appearances. The last four seasons she has served as the Head Coach at South Dakota, where she has led the team to two regular season Summit League championships, one Summit League tournament championship, and the 2016 WNIT Championship, while posting an overall record of 96-44 (.686).

Williams inherits a team that has some talent, but fell far short of their goals this year, partially due to a rash of injuries. Her biggest challenge may be in convincing All Big Ten second team guard Natalie Romeo to stay with the program after Romeo received permission to talk to other schools about transferring and called out teammates for immaturity.

The father of star freshman and All Big Ten first team player, Jessica Shepard has indicated she is unlikely to transfer.

Williams had this to say about her new position:

"What an honor to return home as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Nebraska.  My family and I are thrilled to be joining this outstanding University and the Lincoln community.  I am grateful to President Hank Bounds, Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Shawn Eichorst for their confidence in me and I am eager to continue to build on the rich tradition of my alma mater."