September 1, 1972|
Oklahoma City University (B.S., 1994)|
Texas A&M University–Kingsville (M.S., 1999)
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Texas A&M–Kingsville (assistant)
Northwestern State (assistant)
Colorado State (assistant)
Texas A&M (assistant)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Big East Regular Season Championship (2013)
Brent "Buzz" Williams (born September 1, 1972) is an American basketball coach. He is currently the head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies. He served as head men's basketball coach at Marquette from 2008 to 2014 and at New Orleans during the 2006–07 season, and as an assistant coach at the Texas-Arlington, Texas A&M–Kingsville, Northwestern State, Colorado State, and Texas A&M.
Background and personal life
Williams grew up in Van Alstyne, Texas. 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. Williams and his wife, Corey Norman, have two daughters (Addyson and Zera) and two sons (Calvin and Mason). Williams received his nickname, Buzz, while attending Navarro College. He "buzzed" around the men's basketball team so often, the coach gave him the nickname.
Career at Marquette
Williams coached Marquette to a 25–10 record in the 2008–09 season, 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 season, Williams gained national attention for his dancing following a dunk by Marquette player Darius Johnson-Odom.
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 Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. There they defeated Xavier in the second round and Syracuse in the third round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen before they were defeated by North Carolina. After winning a share of the Big East Men's Regular Season, Marquette received an at-large bid in the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. There they earned come from behind victories over Davidson in the first round and Butler in the second round. In the Sweet Sixteen they defeated ACC regular season and conference champion Miami Hurricanes to earn a trip to Buzz 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. Williams soon after departed for Virginia Tech and the cupboard left behind at Marquette was relatively bare as there were only 9 scholarship players, none taller than 6'7", the following year for the new coach Steve Wojciechowski.
On March 21, 2014, Williams was named the head coach at Virginia Tech, replacing James Johnson. His first season was a major disappointment, finishing 15th in the ACC with a 2–16 record. Marquette never had a losing record in the Big East under Williams.
However, the Virginia Tech team established a young nucleus with many true freshmen starting and playing significant minutes. Williams also was able to snag a transfer commit from Seth Allen, who left Maryland when it departed for the Big Ten. He will become eligible in 2015-16.
Head coaching record