Charlotte Hornets Alumni: Mo Williams gets head coach position

Former Charlotte Hornets' guard Mo Williams. (Photo by Rocky Widner/Getty Images)
Former Charlotte Hornets' guard Mo Williams. (Photo by Rocky Widner/Getty Images) /

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, one former guard of the Charlotte Hornets has found a new job.

It’s hard to find good news during current times, but one former Charlotte Hornets’ guard has now received the opportunity of a lifetime. On Tuesday, it was announced that Mo Williams would become the next head coach for the Alabama State Hornets men’s basketball team.

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The announcement of Williams’ hiring came via a Tweet on his Twitter page. In his Tweet, Williams stated, “It’s a great day to be a Hornet. Go Hornets!!!!!!!”

As a former fourteen-year pro and an All-Star, Williams will be taking over following the resignation of former ASU head coach Lewis Jackson. Coach Jackson resigned in March following fifteen seasons with the ASU Hornets.

Alabama State University is coming off an 8–24 season, which is likely a reason why Coach Jackson resigned. The school has not had a positive record since the 2014-15 season, where the team finished 19-10.

Moreover, Williams will be taking this position after spending two years as an assistant coach for the Cal State Northridge Matadors men’s basketball team. Williams is one of the few recent players who has become a college head coach after being a part of the Charlotte Hornets.

In 2017, Patrick Ewing left the Hornets’ coaching staff to become the next head coach for the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team.

Mo Williams only appeared in 27 games for the Hornets. As a backup to Kemba Walker, Williams stepped up huge when Walker was out with an injury. As a Hornet, Williams averaged 17.2 points and six assists per game.

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Following his time with the Hornets, Williams re-joined the Cleveland Cavaliers to finish his career as an NBA Champion. The Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 finals after being down 3-1.