LaTaryl Williams
LaTaryl Williams
Former Northwest Mississippi Community College and Ole Miss basketball standout and current Holmes Community College women’s assistant coach LaTaryl Williams is the new head women’s basketball coach at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Williams will assume his duties following the conclusion of the current Holmes season. He takes over a women’s program that has qualified for National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 play in each of the past three seasons, including a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Championship in the 2015-16 season.

He will replace head men’s basketball coach Robert Thompson, who is coaching both the ECCC men’s and women’s teams during the 2017-18 season.

“We are excited to welcome LaTaryl Williams to the East Central family,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “After meeting with Coach Williams during the interview process, I believe he will exemplify the ‘EC Way—Excellence with Class’ as he leads our Lady Warrior basketball team.”

Williams is currently in his sixth season as assistant coach for the women’s program at Holmes Community College in Goodman, where he has helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to postseason appearances the past three seasons, including the semifinals of the 2016 NJCAA Region 23 Tournament.

A native of Oxford, Williams was a standout player for Oxford High School, averaging 23 points, nine rebounds and four steals per game as a senior and earning All-State honors. He also was the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the 1996 Mississippi High School All-Star Game.

He played two seasons for Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, before signing with the University of Mississippi.

Williams played professionally in South America and Europe for a decade before suffering a career-ending knee injury while playing for the Leicester Riders in the United Kingdom. While in the United Kingdom, he was an assistant coach for one season for the Leicester Riders and operated a Basketball Academy at Burleigh Community College in Loughborough for nearly four years.

He was named assistant women’s basketball coach at Holmes in July 2012.

Williams has a daughter, Lianna, who is seven.