Shaquala Williams, who has been a member of Seattle University women’s basketball head coach Joan Bonvicini’s staff for the past two seasons, has been named an assistant coach with the Seattle Storm, announced on Tuesday by the organization.

“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the Seattle Storm organization,” said Williams. “Coach Agler, Force 10 Hoops and Karen Bryant have built one of the most successful franchises in WNBA history and I look forward to bringing a great work ethic and focus to maintain the Storm’s championship culture.”

During her time at Seattle U, Williams focused on the skill development of guards and wings, scouting opponents, recruiting, and coordinating team camps. At the end of last season, she was one of just 12 female assistant coaches across all NCAA Divisions chosen to attend the NCAA-Black Coaches and Administrators Achieving Coaching Excellence (NCAA-BCA ACE) Program at the NCAA National Office in Indianapolis, Ind.

“I think Shaquala has done an outstanding job as an assistant coach with our basketball program,” said Bonvicini. “She has a terrific basketball mind and is outstanding in player development. I know she will be a great addition for the Seattle Storm.”

Williams attended Seattle Storm training camp in 2004 and 2005, also playing professionally for the Los Angeles Sparks (2003) as well as in Meblotab, Poland (2005), and Burhaniye, Turkey (2006). At the collegiate level, Williams was a four-year letterwinner and three-time All-Pac-10 honoree at the University of Oregon, as well as being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (1999) and Pac-10 Player of the Year (2000).

A national search will begin immediately to replace Williams.

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