John Pukala, interim athletic director for De Smet Jesuit, has announced that Kent Williams will serve as the school's new varsity basketball coach. He will also oversee all basketball operations, summer basketball camp programs, and teach physical education, effective immediately.
"The addition of Kent Williams to the De Smet Jesuit coaching family as our new Head Basketball coach is a testament to the rich tradition of our program and the outstanding future that lies before us," said John Pukala. "Kent comes with an impeccable resume and the energy and dedication to move De Smet Jesuit basketball in a positive direction for many years to come."
Williams most recently served as assistant basketball coach at SIU-Edwardsville. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where he was the only player in SIUC basketball history to lead the team in scoring all four years (2000-2003). He was also named Prairie Farms Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2002 and 2003. After graduation, he played for the National Basketball Development League, where he was the league leader in three-pointers. In 2010, he was inducted into SIUC Athletic Hall of Fame. He has coached at the University of Tennessee and Missouri State University, and served as supervisor of basketball operations at Purdue University.
"It is an honor to become part of an institution that values the development of the whole person," he said. "I am proud to join a program with such a rich history, and I look forward to building relationships with the team and the community."