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Former Blazers point guards and college coaching seem to go hand in hand.

Terry Porter is currently the head coach at the Unversity of Portland, while Damon Stoudamire is the head coach at the University of the Pacific.  Now, former Trail Blazers point guard Mo Williams is joining those two Blazers greats in the head coaching ranks. 

It was announced on Tuesday that at Williams would be the new head coach at Alabama State. 

Williams played 14 years in the NBA, including one season with the Portland Trail Blazers. 

During the 2013-14 season in Rip City, Williams averaged 12.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.0 steals as the sixth-man for the Trail Blazers. 

For his career, Williams averaged 13.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assists, and named to the NBA All-Star teams in 2009. His last season in the league may have been his most memorable. While it wasn't his best statistically, it was still historical, as he helped LeBron James bring a championship to Cleveland in 2016. 

In the official press release, Alabama State Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jennifer Lynne Williams was excited about the future of the program with Williams at the helm:

"We are excited about the direction of our men's basketball program as we moved forward into this new era. Mo Williams checked the boxes that we were looking for in the next head coach of Alabama State men's basketball, and his passion and leadership speak volumes. He is no stranger to the South, having played high school basketball in Mississippi and college basketball in Alabama." - Jennifer Lynne Williams

 

Williams spent that last two years as an assistant coach at California State University at Northridge where he helped that program set multiple school records, especially on the offensive side of the ball. He hopes to bring that offensive mind and all he learned with the Matadors to Alabama State.

"It's a great day to be a Hornet," said Williams. "I am extremely excited to become part of the family, and I am looking forward to the challenge. Go Hornets!"

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Fry and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon along with special guest former Portland Trail Blazer Steve Blake.