Coach Williams has experienced many levels of basketball, from playing on the high school varsity team as a freshman, to becoming a starter and competing at the highest level of college sports. Coach Williams previously coached at one of California’s Community College powerhouse programs Saddleback. He became a model student-athlete by listening to his coaches, and applying the fundamental skills he learned to lead his junior college team to an impressive 18-10 record in one of the most difficult regions in the country. His success both on the court and in the classroom, earned him a full ride scholarship the following year to the University of California Riverside, where he became the only team member to start every game that season. As a senior at UCR Steve became a team captain. Leading by example he proved that with hard work and determination he was more than capable of both competing and playing with some of the best players at the college level. He’s been a solid basketball player his entire career, averaging 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in junior college, and 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists at the D1 level. As a student, he earned his A.A. with high honors and graduated from the University of California Riverside with a 3.0 grade point average.
The 6-5 Guard averaged 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game for the week, as the Highlanders went to overtime in both contests.
In an 82-76 defeat to Long Beach State, Williams came up one assist shy of UCR’s first triple-double of the Division I era. Williams notched 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists against the 49ers in 39 minutes of play. He had the assist on the game-tying three at the end of regulation, which sent the game to overtime.
Williams then provided his second double-double with a career-high 30 points and a season-high 15 rebounds versus UC Davis in a 94-87 win. He made 10 of 15 from the field, including a perfect 5 of 5 on three-pointers. He also sank three free throws in the final 41 seconds to ice the game.