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Joi Williams

Position: Director of Quality Control

Joi Williams is entering her second season as the Director of Quality Control on Amanda Butler’s Clemson staff. 

Williams has over 20 years of overall coaching experience, including 13 years of Division I head coaching experience, under her belt and spent time as an assistant coach for the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars (now the Las Vegas Aces) prior to joining the staff at Clemson.

Williams spent nine years as the head coach at UCF and finished as the program’s winningest head coach (114 wins). She guided the Knights to two conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. 

Williams has also worked with USA Basketball. She served a four-year term with the USA Junior National Team Committee, helping select coaches and athletes for USA Basketball’s college-aged competitions. In the summer of 2010, Williams served as an assistant coach of the USA Basketball Women’s U-18 National Team and helped lead the squad to the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship for Women.

She reprised that role with USA Basketball in the summer of 2011 as an assistant coach with the national team at the U-19 World Championships in Chile. Williams and the US defeated Spain to once again take home the gold medal for the second straight summer.

Williams came to UCF after four seasons as the head coach at Murray State (2003-04 to 2006-07), where she helped the Racers to a WNIT berth and the program’s first 20-win season in 18 years. The Racers had a 54-61 overall record in her time rebuilding Murray State. In her final campaign with the Racers in 2006-07, Williams led Murray State to a 21-10 mark and a trip to the WNIT. The WNIT berth marked only the second postseason appearance in Murray State history. The Racers also advanced to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Championship title game. Murray State finished the campaign among the national leaders in several statistical categories, including free-throw percentage, field-goal percentage and scoring offense.

Williams spent the 2002-03 season as the recruiting coordinator at Clemson. Prior to Clemson, Williams was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Florida for 12 seasons (1990-91 to 2001-02). During her tenure, the Gators participated in nine NCAA Tournaments and tallied a 247-121 overall record (.671 winning percentage). Williams helped attract five All-America selections to Florida, and nine standouts who were recruited by and played under Williams were selected in the WNBA Draft. The list of WNBA draftees includes DeLisha Milton-Jones, who was the 1997 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, the first UF player ever selected to the Kodak All-America First Team and a member of the gold-medalist 2000 and 2008 U.S. Olympic basketball teams. Milton-Jones also earned gold medals with the 1998 and 2002 USA World Championship teams.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Williams played on the collegiate level at the University of South Florida from 1984-88. She was a four-year starting point guard and currently ranks among USF’s career assist leaders. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from USF in 1988.

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