Ramon Williams is in his second season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. A well-known member of the local and state basketball community, Williams brings a world of experience to the Hokies.
Williams, a native of Roanoke, Va., joined James Johnson’s staff in 2012 after serving three seasons at Ohio University. During his three seasons at Ohio, the Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2012. In 2012, Ohio advanced to the Sweet 16 as a No. 13 seed with victories over No. 4 seed Michigan and No. 12 seed South Florida.
“Ramon knows the area very well,” Johnson said. “He was a very good player at VMI and knows our geographical footprint very well, in regards to recruiting. He has been a successful recruiter all the way from the D.C.-Maryland area, down through the Carolinas. He has been a part of some very good staffs that have advanced to the NCAA Tournament. He has a very good basketball mind and has developed a very good relationship with our players.”
Williams came to Ohio after a four-year stint at DePaul, where he helped guide the Blue Demons through the rugged BIG EAST Conference, widely regarded as the nation’s top league. In Williams’ second year on staff, DePaul posted nine BIG EAST wins and defeated three ranked teams en route to making its deepest postseason run in 17 years, a trip to the quarterfinals of the NIT.
Before DePaul, Williams spent three years as an assistant at Richmond under Jerry Wainwright. The Spiders reached the postseason in two of Williams’ three seasons on staff, qualifying for the NIT in 2003 and capturing the program’s second-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2004.
A 1990 graduate of VMI with a degree in economics, Williams was a member of the men’s basketball staff at his alma mater for nine years as both an assistant and associate head coach before heading to Richmond. Williams was a two-time All-Southern Conference and SoCon All-Tournament Team selection at VMI, and finished his career as the program’s third-leading scorer with 1,630 points. He continues to hold VMI program records for three-point field goals in a game and single-season three-point field goal percentage.
Williams and his brother, Damon, who formed one of the most prolific scoring duos in NCAA history, were both inducted into the VMI Sports Hall of Fame in September of 2001. Both are still very active in the Roanoke community. Ramon and his wife, Donnie, are the parents of Jahron Williams and Jackie Walker.