Seattle University head women's basketball coach Joan Bonvicini has announced the hiring of assistant coach Shaquala "Shaq" Williams. Williams' brings perspective from local, national, and international basketball experience to the position.
"I am confident that Shaquala's experience as a coach and her additional experience will benefit our women's basketball team," said Bonvicini. "Shaquala has an outstanding pedigree as a former professional and collegiate player, and has transitioned into an excellent assistant coach. She is an exceptional teacher and leader of young women. She is a high energy person of great character and integrity, and I am looking forward to having her on our coaching staff."
At Seattle U, Williams will primarily be in charge of the Redhawks' skill development of guards and wings, scouting opponents, recruiting, and coordinating the team's camps.
At the collegiate level, Williams was a four-year varsity basketball letter winner 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). In 2001, she had the opportunity to compete in the USA Basketball World University Games in Beijing, China. Outside of athletics, she excelled academically and in leadership, attending the 2001 Pac-10 Conference Leadership Conferences in San Francisco, Calif. and the 2001 NCAA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. She also received the 2000 Higden Award for excellence in athletics, academics, and citizenship and was a two-time Oregon Scholar Athlete Award recipient (2000, 2002).
Professionally, she played for WNBA teams in Los Angeles and Seattle from 2003-2005, and in Meblotap, Poland and Burhaniye, Turkey from 2005-06.
Most recently, Williams served as the assistant women's basketball coach at Sacramento State University. While there, her duties included overseeing skill development for point and shooting guards, coordinating recruitment strategies, and providing oversight for student-athlete academic development. Prior to Sacramento State, she also was the Director of Skill Development and Coaching for the Team Players Youth Basketball Program in Portland, Ore., as well as the Sports and Fitness Director at Westside Athletic Club in Nashville, Tenn.
"I'm extremely excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest and to join the Seattle University women's basketball program," said Williams. "With great support from the athletic department and university, Coach Bonvicini and her staff have done an incredible job the last three years in developing a great program and the future is very bright at Seattle U. I look forward to learning from Coach Bonvicini and contributing to the continued growth and success of the women's basketball program."