2013-14 Coastal Carolina Women's Basketball vs. Brevard (Nov. 14, 2013)
Jaida Williams was named the sixth head women's basketball coach in Coastal Carolina University history on April 11, 2013, and is entering her third season as the head of the Chanticleers.
In her second season, Williams led the 2014-15 Chants to a 12-18 overall record and a 6-14 mark against Big South opponents. Williams' team boasted the Big South's second-highest scoring offense, averaging 69.0 points per game, and the third-highest scoring margin at +3.7 points. Coastal also finished near the top of the conference standings in most rebounding categories, including first overall in defensive rebounds (27.70 per game) and second overall in rebounding margin (+5.6).
Williams also guided her student-athletes to several individual successes in the 2014-15 season. AJ Jordan finished the season as the Big South's leading scorer averaging 16.9 ppg, and earned first team All-Big South honors for the second straight year under Williams' guidance. Jordan also received Big South Player of the Week recognition on Jan. 19, as did junior Anna Vogt on Dec. 22. First-year Chanticleer Jas Adams was a Big South All-Freshman Team selection at year's end, and was twice tabbed the conference's Freshman of the Week during the season. Overall, three of Coastal's starters (Jordan, Vogt, Ced Gibson) finished in the league's top-20 in scoring, while two (Vogt, Alexis Robinson) ranked in the top-10 in rebounding.
Williams led Coastal to a 15-16 overall record and a 10-10 Big South mark during the 2013-14 season, her first on the Chanticleer sideline. The Chanticleers' 15 wins were the most since the 2009-10 season, while the 10 conference victories marked the most since the 1993-94 campaign. In addition, Coastal won a Big South Tournament game for the first time since 2010.
Three of Williams' starting five were all-conference performers, including AJ Jordan (first team), Angelica Henry (honorable mention) and Karsen Sims (all-freshman). Williams also mentored Alexx Puckett to a Big South Player of the Week honor -- the first for a Chanticleer since the 2010-11 campaign.
Williams laid the foundation for success at Coastal Carolina during her inaugural season, featuring her teams' up-tempo style of play. In 2013-14, the Chanticleers averaged 71.9 points per game, ranking second in the Big South Conference. In addition, Coastal shot an impressive 41.4 percent from the field and a league-best 34.6 percent from beyond the arc. Moreover, Jordan ranked third in the conference averaging 16.6 points per game, becoming the first Chant to average 16-plus points since 2006-07.
Several records were broken in Williams' first season, highlighted by Angelica Henry recording Coastal Carolina's first ever triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Charleston Southern in the opening round of the Big South Tournament. The Chanticleers also set program records with their 4-0 start to Big South play, largest margin of victory in a conference game with a 30-point win at Longwood on Dec. 28 and largest margin of victory in a Big South Tournament contest with a 35-point victory against Charleston Southern on March 4.
Williams came to Conway after serving on head coach Jennifer Hoover's staff at Wake Forest. She spent the 2012-13 season as the Demon Deacons' assistant coach and recruiting coordinator where she built a top-20 recruiting class. In addition to her duties as recruiting coordinator, Williams also served as the team's offensive coordinator, helping the 2012-13 Demon Deacons average 67.6 points per game in the historically tough Atlantic Coast Conference.
In addition to her on-court duties at Wake Forest, Williams also helped the Demon Deacon student-athletes to a 3.2 grade point average while also serving as the program's alumni relations representative.
Prior to her time in Winston-Salem, Williams spent time with Ganon Baker Basketball, where she traveled the country working with WNBA players as a skills development coordinator.
Williams has previously served on the staffs at Iowa, South Florida and UC Santa Barbara. She was at UCSB for three seasons from 2008-11. While at UCSB, she played an instrumental role in helping the Gauchos twice win the Big West regular-season and tournament titles. UCSB made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and received a berth into the WNIT in 2011. Her recruiting classes were named the tops in the Big West in both 2008-09 and 2009-10. She also helped in the development of Mekia Valentine, who was drafted by the WNBA's New York Liberty in 2009.
Williams joined the Gaucho staff after two successful seasons as an assistant at the University of South Florida from 2006-08, where she assisted with recruiting, game preparation and player development. During her stint at USF, she successfully recruited a top 16 class and made a pair of WNIT appearances.
Before joining the staff at South Florida, Williams served as the director of operations at the University of Iowa for the 2005-06 season.
Williams is an active member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
As a player, Williams was a standout for Cal Poly Pomona from 2002-05, helping the Broncos to a 23-7 record her senior season. Graduating in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in journalism, Williams helped lead Cal Poly Pomona to a spot in the NCAA Division II Tournament Regional Final before losing to Seattle Pacific.
Williams played her first two collegiate seasons at Barry University under current USF coach Jose Fernandez, where she helped the Buccaneers to a 21-9 record as a freshman, earning Sunshine State Conference's All-Freshman team honors. In her sophomore season at Barry, Williams led the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game earning recognition on the All-SSC First Team and as a Kodak All-American honorable mention.
Williams' Career Head Coaching Record
Two Seasons at Coastal Carolina: 27-34 (.442) Overall, 16-24 (.400) in Big South Games