Carroll Williams

Carroll Williams

Teams coached: Santa Clara Broncos
Santa Clara record: 341-277 (.552)
Overall record: 341-277 (.552)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1987)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  4  (1984, 1985, 1988, 1989)
  • WCC Tournament Champion:  1  (1987)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1970-1992 Santa Clara
1962-1970 Santa Clara (asst)

Carroll Williams Facts

  • Carroll Williams
  • Hometown: San José, California
  • Alma Mater: San José State University (BA, 1956)
  • Graduated from Lincoln HS (CA) then played for Walt McPherson at San José State, where he was First Team All-WCC as a senior
  • Began his coaching career at Blackford HS (CA) before moving up to the collegiate ranks across town at Santa Clara
  • Joined the staff at Santa Clara in 1962 and spent eight seasons as one of Dick Garibaldi‘s assistant coaches
    • In each of the final three years of this stretch, the Broncos won the WCC and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen
  • Elevated to head coach in 1970 and led the Broncos for the next 22 years, the longest tenure of any coach in school history
    • Went 341-277, winning more games than any other head coach and going to the postseason five times
    • In addition to four NITs, Williams led the Broncos to the 1987 NCAA Tournament as the first-ever WCC Tournament champs
  • Became the athletic director at SCU in 1992 after stepping away from coaching; served as AD until 2000
    • The Broncos won 19 conference championships during his eight-year tenure as AD
    • Served on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Committee from 1996-2000; was later Special Asst. to the SCU President
  • Inducted into the Santa Clara Athletic Hall of Fame (1994) and the San José Sports Hall of Fame (2001)
    • Part of the inaugural 2009 class of the WCC Hall of Honor

Carroll Williams Coaching Tree

  • Dick Davey (Santa Clara)
  • Dan Fitzgerald (Gonzaga)
  • Jay Helman (Western Colorado)
  • Kurt Rambis (New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers)