Ark. St. hires former Miss. St. coach as assistant

By The Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. — Former Mississippi State basketball coach Richard Williams has been hired as an assistant at Arkansas State.

Williams, who took the Bulldogs to the 1996 Final Four, was announced as a new member of the Red Wolves’ staff Monday. He’ll work for Arkansas State coach John Brady, who also took a Southeastern Conference team to the Final Four when he was LSU’s coach in 2006.

“I am excited about this opportunity that John is giving me because this is a coaching position. I will be on the floor coaching, doing individual workouts, doing the things I love to do,” Williams said. “I appreciate John and (athletic director Dean) Lee giving me this opportunity and I know the expectations that John has of his players in the classroom, in the community, on the court.”

Brady also named Isaac Brown associate head coach Monday. Brown was added to the staff this offseason after three years at Arkansas.

Williams coached Mississippi State for 12 seasons, going 191-163 before stepping down in 1998. Brady worked with Williams as an assistant coach at Mississippi State.

“About a month or so ago, Richard and I talked about if I had anything for him to do he would like to come up here and hang out, watch practice a little and do anything he could for us. When this situation arose I went and talked to Dean Lee and said, ‘I got this idea. Why don’t I hire Richard Williams for this year and see where it takes us?’” Brady said. “Dean thought it was a great idea. We are going to see how it works and I think it is going to work really well. He will enhance this program with his experience.”

Brady is entering his third season at Arkansas State. The Red Wolves went 17-14 last season.