Coach Buzz Williams Biography
Buzz Williams (Brent Langdon “Buzz” Williams) is an American basketball coach who is the head coach at Texas A&M University.
He previously served as Marquette from 2008 to 2014 and at New Orleans during the 2006–07 season and also as an assistant coach at the Texas-Arlington, Texas A&M–Kingsville, Northwestern State, Colorado State, and Texas A&M.
Buzz Williams Age
Williams was born on September 1, 1972, in Greenville, Texas. He is 46 years old as of 2018.
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Coach Williams married his lovely wife Corey Norman on June 10, 2010. They met while attending Texas A&M. They have four incredible children; 2 daughters and 2sons. Zera who is 16 and Addyson, 9. Calvin is 14 and Mason, 10.
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He earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Oklahoma City University in 1994 and a master’s degree in the same field at Texas A&M University–Kingsville in 1999.
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Williams started his college coaching career as an assistant UT-Arlington from 1994-98. He went on to be an assistant coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville (1998-99), Northwestern State (1999-2000), Colorado State (2000-04) and then Texas A&M before finally getting a head coaching opportunity at New Orleans.
Williams only stayed one season at New Orleans (2006-07) before joining the Marquette staff as an assistant. After his first season, he was promoted to head coach and led Marquette to five NCAA Tournament —
In 2008-09 Williams coached Marquette to a 25–10 record where they lost to the Missouri Tigers in the Second Round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. He coached Marquette to a 22–12 record in the 2009–10 season, which ended with a close loss to the 11th-seeded Washington Huskies in the First Round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
During the 2010–11 campaign, Williams led the Golden Eagles back to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2003. His team went 22–15 including a 9–9 Big East Conference record. They lost in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament to Louisville. Marquette received an at-large bid in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. There they defeated Xavier in the second round (formerly the First Round) and Syracuse in the Third Round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. In the Sweet Sixteen, they were defeated by No. 7-ranked and No. 2-seeded North Carolina.
Wiliams’ 2012 team returned to the NCAA Tournament after finishing second in the Big East regular season, finishing 14–4 in conference play. As a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, they defeated BYU and Murray State to advance to their second straight Sweet Sixteen. There, they lost to No. 7-seeded Florida.
After winning a share of the Big East Men’s regular season championship, Marquette received an at-large bid in the 2013 NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed. There, they earned come-from-behind victories over Davidson in the Second Round and Butler in the Third Round. In the Sweet Sixteen, the school’s third straight under Williams, they defeated ACC regular season and conference champion Miami to earn a trip to Williams’s first Elite Eight, where they lost to Syracuse.
The 2013–14 season was Williams’ worst at Marquette, finishing 17–15 with a loss to Xavier in the Big East Tournament.
Buzz Williams Contract
As reported by Brent Zwerneman with the Houston Chronicle, new Texas A&M head coach Buzz Williams will be getting a six-year deal from the Aggies that begins at $3.8 million annually and escalates $100,000 per year.
This means that the last year of Williams’ deal will be at $4.4 million assuming that it is not renegotiated or extended. This would rank Williams as the tenth highest paid coach in the country along with Michigan’s John Beilein who also makes $3,800,000 annually. It also would make Williams the second highest paid coach in the SEC, ranking only behind John Calipari at Kentucky who recently agreed to a new deal that is considered a “lifetime” contract.
The rumors of Williams taking over as head coach at Texas A&M were floating around ever since the Aggies parted ways with Billy Kennedy in early March — even longer than that by some, finally became reality, and it was confirmed Williams accepted the position as the 22nd head coach of the Aggies. He is expected to be formally introduced as the head coach at a Thursday press conference scheduled for 4 p.m.
“As we began our search, it quickly reaffirmed to us what we all know — the A&M brand is powerful, as the depth and breadth of the candidate pool were incredible,” Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward said via statement. “We kept our focus on finding an elite basketball coach, a developer of talent, a tremendous recruiter, a tireless worker and someone who fits Texas A&M. Buzz Williams is all that and more.”
Buzz Williams Salary
According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas A&M is expected to pay Williams at $3.5 million per year — a nice bump from Williams’ $3 million salaries at Virginia Tech and Kennedy’s $2.45 million in 2018-19.
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Buzz Williams was named the head basketball coach at Virginia Tech on March 21, 2014, replacing James Johnson. The move had critics questioning why would he leave Marquette for Virginia Tech, one of the country’s toughest rebuilding projects. Williams left behind a program at Marquette, which had only nine scholarship players – none taller than 6’7″ – for new coach Steve Wojciechowski.
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He was later rehired by Texas A&M on 3rd April 2019 as its new basketball coach. Williams’ former school, Virginia Tech, confirmed his departure.
“coach Williams made a very positive impact on the culture of our basketball program at Virginia Tech,” Virginia tech director of athletics whit Babcock said. “we appreciate all that buzz and his staff did for our students and our program. we wish buzz, Corey and their family the very best as they return to their home state of Texas.”