Monty Williams was named on June 10, 2013, an assistant coach for the 2013-16 USA Basketball Men's National Team. Having previously represented USA Basketball as a player, it was Williams’ first coaching assignment with USA Basketball.
“I want to thank Mr. Colangelo for his confidence in me and I am truly honored and looking forward to working on Coach K’s staff,” said Williams. “For me to be involved as an assistant coach for USA Basketball where I can represent my country is a privilege and the ultimate honor. I was fortunate back in the early 90’s to be on the USA 22-and-under roster where we won the gold medal in Spain, and I felt a tremendous amount of pride. With this honor, I feel the same sense of pride again for my country.”
As a member of the 2014-16 USA Basketball Men’s National Team coach staff, Williams assisted the USA to a sterling overall record of 26-0. The USA finished 9-0 to win the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, while the 2014 USA National Team compiled a 4-0 record during its exhibition tour before the World Cup. Two years later, Williams again manned the sidelines and helped lead the USA to the 2016 Olympic championship as the Americans rolled to an 8-0 record and the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before heading to Rio, the 2016 USA National Team posted a 5-0 record during its domestic exhibition tour.
In September 2016 it was announced that Williams would join the San Antonio Spurs as vice president of basketball operations. In 2015-16 he was the associate head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but took an indefinite leave from the team after his wife's death in a February car accident. After the season, Williams announced he would not return to the Thunder.
Williams was head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans for five seasons (2010-11 through 2014-15) and compiled a 173-221 regular season record while leading New Orleans to the NBA playoffs twice.
Williams’ began his first stint as a head coach with a successful season in 2010-11, leading the Hornets to a 46-36 record and the seventh seed in the 2011 NBA playoffs. In post-season play, the Hornets pushed former NBA-champion Lakers to six games and Williams placed seventh in Coach of the Year voting, after being named the NBA’s Western Conference Coach of the Month for January of 2011.
In his sophomore campaign, Williams managed 22 different players and 26 different starting lineups through an injury-plagued season. Through it all, Williams’ squad increased its wins in every month from January to April, and closed out the regular season with a 6-1 stretch at the New Orleans Arena.
In 2012-13, No. 1 draft pick and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Davis made his debut with New Orleans. Under Williams, Davis averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocked shots and 1.2 steals a game and became just the fifth rookie in NBA history to record averages of at least 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.0 assists per game. Davis, who was runner-up for NBA Rookie of the Year honors, also became the youngest player in the
history of the NBA to record those statistical averages in a season.
New Orleans in 2013-14 improved its win total for the third consecutive season, logging a 34-48 regular season record, a seven game improvement on 2012-13 and a 13 game improvement over 2011-12. Davis likewise continued to develop under Williams and while playing 67 games, averaged 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.8 blocked shots a game, and 35.2 minutes a game. While Davis finished third in the voting for the NBA's Most Improved Player award, New Orleans also showed improvement in winning tight games. Finishing 8-17 in games decided by five points or less during the 2012-13 campaign, New Orleans showed dramatic improvement in closing out close games in 2013-14 and improved to 15-11 in such games.
The 2014-15 season saw New Orleans up its win total by 11 games despite playing in arguably the NBA’s toughest division, the Southwest. Finishing 45-37, Williams’ squad claimed the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed by recording a win over defending NBA champ San Antonio in the final game of the regular season.
Williams also spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. When hired by New Orleans, Williams was the youngest head coach in the NBA at 38 years old.
Then Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan charged Williams with running the team’s 2007 and 2008 entries into the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The two teams featured young Trail Blazers prospects Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jerryd Bayless and Nicolas Batum.
Prior to joining the Trail Blazers, Williams won an NBA Championship as a coaching staff intern with the San Antonio Spurs in 2004-05, and, during the summer of 2005, coached the Spurs’ Summer League entry in the Rocky Mountain Revue.
Selected by New York in the first round (24th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft, Williams was a nine-year veteran of the NBA before chronic knee problems forced him into retirement in 2003. Hailing from Notre Dame, Williams played for New York, San Antonio, Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia. His best season was with the Spurs in 1996-97, when he averaged 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 65 games and shot 50.9 percent from the field. In 456 career games, he averaged 6.3 points per game.
He was an honorable mention All-American at Notre Dame after averaging 22.4 points and 8.4 rebounds during his senior season. Williams was away from basketball for two years during college (from 1990 to 1992) after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a rare condition of thickened muscle between the chambers of the heart. He earned a degree from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, majoring in communications and theatre. In high school, he was a 4.0 student at Potomac in Oxon Hill, Md.
Williams played on a pair of USA Basketball teams. Selected as a member of the 1993 USA 22 & Under World Championship Qualifying Team, he averaged 5.5 ppg. and assisted the U.S. to a 6-1 record, the silver medal, and a qualifying berth for the FIBA 22 & Under World Championship. At the 1993 FIBA 22 & Under World Championship he averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds a game as the U.S. finished a perfect 8-0 record to win the gold medal.
Active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and many other charities, he was involved with fellow NBA guard Charlie Ward in distributing shoes and athletic equipment to impoverished communities in South Africa. In September of 2011, Williams went to South Africa as part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program. Since moving to New Orleans, Williams has been active in the community, focusing his time on prison ministry, spending time with senior citizens and disadvantaged youth, as well as military families.
Monty Williams USA Basketball Coaching Synopsis
MEDAL / FINISH
|2016 U.S. Olympic Team||Assistant Coach||8-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|2016 USA National Team||Assistant Coach||5-0||1.000||N/A|
|2014 USA World Cup Team||Assistant Coach||9-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|2014 USA National Team||Assistant Coach||4-0||1.000||N/A|
|2013 USA National Team Mini-Camp||Assistant Coach||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|USA Basketball Coaching Record||
1 Gold Medal