IU hires Williams as third assistant

Indiana women’s basketball has filled its open assistant coaching position with a familiar face.

Ashley Williams, who was a graduate manager from 2017-19, announced on social media Tuesday she will be returning to the program’s bench.

She replaces Janese Constantine, who has taken an assistant’s job with Alabama’s women’s basketball program. Williams spent last season as an assistant coach at Furman.

Before her two years as a grad manager at IU, Williams was a starting guard for North Carolina State’s program. As a senior in 2016-17, the Tar Heel native averaged 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for a Wolfpack squad that made the NCAA tournament.

Williams finished her career fourth on N.C. State’s all-time list in 3-point percentage, hitting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Her first year at IU, the Hoosiers won the WNIT, and then returned to the NCAA in Year 2 and claimed a win over Texas in the opening round. Williams pursued a master’s degree in athletic administration while at IU.

“I’M BACK HOOSIERS!!!” Williams tweeted Tuesday. “I am beyond excited to be heading back to B-Town!! Thank you (IU head coach Teri Moren) for believing in me and giving me the opportunity! It was so special as a GA and I simply cannot wait to get to work and be a part of (IU women’s basketball).”

This is Moren’s first assistant coach hire since Constantine and Glenn Box were hired to replace Todd Starkey and Curtis Loyd prior to the 2016-17 season. IU’s other assistant, Rhet Wierzba, has been with Moren since Indiana State.

9 comments

  1. I know nothing about her coaching skill, but that smile is a killer. All she needs to do is stand on the sidelines and smile. Some ref will be distracted. My second thought was, are you sure she is old enough for a driver’s license. My third thought was – damn, I am sooo old. And now I will apologize to all for my possibly inappropriate post.

  2. Consistent All Academic ACC performer. Consistent starter at N.C. State who consistently took a charge. Shot the 3 ball and from walk on to team captain her senior year…as a player. Two years at IU with T. Moren as grad assistant. Then, assistant at Furman. Now, back at IU under T. Moren. I like the continuity and stability for IU Ladies basketball that T. Moren implements in this hire.

  3. She appears to have big shoes to fill. The women she is replacing was highly respected by the players. Hope Ms. Williams does well.

  4. J. Banks C. had excellent Indiana High School connections and elsewhere (though the very best or IU Ladies Indiana recruits seem to lack a little bit) (Waggoner seems to be another pleasant surprise or maybe not a surprise) an excellent college player at Wisconsin. Yes, big shoes to fill. However, Williams seemed to demonstrate development and leadership skills during her college career. She has been T. Moren grad assistant for two years recently. That’s what I like about T. Moren and this hire. T. Moren evaluated A. Williams and identified her as a hard working high quality individual who can feel this role and keep program stable with continuity. I would call this a Great opportunity for A. Williams. A. Williams has a little bit of experience (2 years as grad assistant at IU and assistant at Furman for a year) and this is a quick move up the ladder.
    I wonder if Cahill, Buss or another ex IU Ladies player were considered or even interested.

  5. I believe Buss is on her way to a very successful career in sports broadcasting. Not only does she have the credibility as a successful former athlete, but she is smart, educated, articulate and photogenic. That’s the list of ingredients that make for a successful career in sports broadcasting. And since she was a multi-sport star in High School, she can credibly cover a lot more than just basketball.

  6. Speaking of big shoes to fill J.C. has excellent credentials and is now assistant at Bama. Seems like it won’t be long for J.C. to be a head coach if she wants depending on location. Maybe, some day at Bama or close to there unless here husband and husband ever relocate and she could be a head coach wherever.

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