Opportunity Knocks: TCU Assistant Joins Staff

With his first hire as head coach of the Red Raider basketball team, Tubby Smith went with someone he knows very well - a former player.

Alvin "Pooh" Williamson, former assistant coach at TCU and point guard under Tubby Smith at Tulsa, has been named the first assistant on Smith's Texas Tech staff. Williamson spent one season as an assistant coach at TCU following a season at cross-Metroplex rival SMU under head coach Matt Doherty.


In addition to his time at TCU and SMU, Williamson served stints as an assistant at Texas A&M under Mark Turgeon, Wichita State (Turgeon), Tulsa (John Phillips), Tulane (Shawn Finney), Illinois State (Kevin Stallings) and Washington State (Kevin Eastman). Williamson was also interim head coach at Tulsa for the second half of the 2004-05 season. In 17 years of coaching, Williamson has coached at eight schools. Texas Tech will be his ninth in 18 years.


Williamson had success as a recruiter in his lone season in Fort Worth. He is credited with playing a key role in signing Texas prep freshmen Karviar Shepherd, Brandon Parrish and Michael Williams. Shepherd has received national top 50 notice, while Parrish has been rated among the top 150 high schoolers in the country. Only one current Frog recruit, six-foot-six shooting guard Hudson Price of Orlando, Florida, has not actually signed a letter of intent. It is not known whether Price could follow Williamson to Texas Tech or whether Tubby Smith wishes him to do so.


Although Smith will likely want Williamson to focus his recruiting efforts on the Lone Star State, the new assistant's ties to the Midwest could also pay dividends. Upon hiring Williamson at Wichita State, Mark Turgeon stated, "His knowledge and background in basketball is tremendous, and his ties to Midwest recruiting will be vital to the continued growth of our program." Historically, Texas Tech's recruiting efforts in the Midwest have been well nigh nonexistent. With the addition of Williamson, that could change.


As a player for Tulsa, Williamson earned All-MVC and All-Defense honors in his senior season.  He also departed the school ranked seventh in career assists and  tenth in steals. Williamson also played one season in the CBA.


Clearly, as a guard by trade and experience, this is where his greatest coaching expertise lies. Kevin Stallings hired him to work with his guards at Illinois State, and he will likely do the same with the Red Raiders.


During his time playing for Tubby Smith in the Golden Hurricane program, Williamson made an impression on the head coach in multiple ways. He was the first recruit Smith signed at Tulsa, and was the only one of Smith's players ever to have won the coach's individual workout award four years in a row.


Says smith of Williamson, "I have always considered him one of the smartest student-athletes I have ever coached. His ability to lead and outwork others as our captain was second to none."


Williamson, aged 39, is a native of the small east Oklahoma town of Beggs. He is married and has two children.

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