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Tennessee State Athletics | March 16, 2014

Tennessee State head coach Williams has been relieved of duties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee State director of athletics Teresa Phillips announced Tuesday that Travis Williams has been relieved of his position as head men’s basketball coach.

“We thank Coach Williams for his hard work both as an assistant and as a head coach, and we wish him the best in all future endeavors,” Phillips said. “We want to move in a different direction and believe that this decision is in the best interest of Tennessee State and our men's basketball program”.

A nationwide search for Williams’s replacement will begin immediately.

Williams held an overall record of 23-40 in his two seasons as the Tigers’ head coach, but TSU’s win total fell from 20 the year before Williams took over to just five in 2013-14.

The Tigers won two of their last three games and almost knocked off OVC tournament champion Eastern Kentucky on the road in the season finale, but TSU lost its first 10 contests of the season and were 2-21 at one point.

The 16th head coach in Tennessee State history, Williams led TSU to the Tournament in 2013, where his team fell in the opening round at Evansville 84-72.

Williams, a native of Tifton, Ga., served as an assistant for previous TSU head coach John Cooper from 2009-12.

When he joined the Tigers in the summer of 2009, Williams brought 10 years of coaching experience as an assistant and head coach.


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