Samantha Williams begins her third season as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville. Williams comes to Louisville after spending four seasons at Duke as the co-recruiting coordinator.
In her two seasons at Louisville, Williams helped guide the Cardinals to two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Last season Louisville made its second Final Four appearance, advancing to the national championship game for the second time in school history.
In her first year with the Blue Devils, Williams was instrumental in bringing in the fifth-best recruiting class in the nation. She followed that success with another solid recruiting class that included French National Team standout Allison Vernerey. In her third season at Duke, Williams then guided the top ranked class in the country to the Blue Devils. Last season she pulled in another Top Five class for the Blue Devils. In her four seasons, Williams worked primarily with perimeter players, including All-Americans Jasmine Thomas and Abby Waner.
Before arriving at Duke, Williams spent three years at DePaul University as an assistant coach and a recruiting coordinator under Doug Bruno. She helped the Blue Demons through the most successful period in school history, including three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and the school's first NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006.
Williams landed at DePaul after a stint at her alma mater, Auburn, during the 2003-04 season. The Tigers posted a 22-9 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She worked primarily with perimeter players and was also in charge of strength and conditioning.
She began her collegiate coaching career at Saint Louis University as an assistant coach in the 2001-02 season before moving on to Columbus State the next season. As Columbus State's recruiting coordinator and top assistant, she helped lead the program to a 28-4 record.
Williams was a four-year starter at Auburn from 1992-96 and was a team co-captain her final two seasons. She helped lead the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet 16 twice and the Elite Eight once. During her four seasons with the Tigers, Williams set the career three-point field goal record with 161 shots from behind the arc. In 1993 she helped the U.S. Junior National Team win the bronze medal at the R. William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan.