William Clay enters his second year on Jaida Williams' staff at Coastal Carolina. He coaches the point guards as well as serves as defensive coordinator.
In 2013-14, Clay's first season on Williams' staff, the Chanticleers posted a 15-16 overall record and a 10-10 mark in Big South play. Coastal set several program during the season, highlighted by Angelica Henry recording Coastal Carolina's first ever triple-double. 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.
Under Clay's guidance, Coastal's backcourt posted one of the best seasons in program history in 2013-14. Guards AJ Jordan (first team), Henry (honorable mention) and Karsen Sims (all-freshman) garnered All-Big South honors. In addition, Jordan averaged 16.6 points per game, ranking third in the conference, while Henry averaged 14.5 points per outing to rank ninth-best in the league. Jordan also led the Big South with 213 made field goals. Henry finished the season ranked second in the league in both assists (155) and steals (76). Sims averaged 7.9 points per game and connected on 35 3-pointers.
Clay came to Conway after two years of interscholastic coaching experience at Christian High School in El Cajon, Calif., where he served as the team's assistant coach and skills development coordinator.
Additionally, Clay spent time as a skills development coach with Ganon Baker Basketball and Toppert Basketball where he coordinated advanced one-on-one workouts for high school and collegiate players focusing on the areas on ball handling, footwork, scoring and defense.
Clay has also worked multiple basketball camps, including the University of Virginia's Elite Camp and numerous high school camps throughout the country.
A Pensacola, Fla., native, Clay played his high school career at Woodham High School, where as a, senior he helped lead the team to a 24-5 season and regular season district championship and earned all-county honors. Following his high school career, Clay played two seasons (2001-2003) at Bishop State Community College before being transferring to Mississippi Valley State University (2003-2005). After his intercollegiate play, Clay spent summer 2011 touring China as a member of the Athletes In Action International Team.
Clay owns a trio of degrees, including a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Mississippi Valley State in 2005. He went on to earn master's degrees in applied mathematics at both Jackson State (2007) and UC Santa Barbara (2011).