University of Central Arkansas Head Coach Corliss Williamson is leaving the university to coach the Sacramento Kings.
Williamson has a history with the team. The Kings drafted him in 1995 from the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Williamson led the Razorbacks to their only NCAA Basketball Championship and was named the NCAA Most Outstanding Player in 1993-1994.
Williamson played forward for the Kings from 1995-2000 and 2005-2007. He also won a NBA championship in 2004 while with the Detroit Pistons and was the NBA’s sixth man of the year while with Detroit during the 2001-2002 season.
Sports Information Director Steve East says Williamson brought a lot of positive exposure to UCA.
“He had the NBA experience as a player anyway so I think that was a lot of positive experience here for UCA. We got a lot of exposure because a lot of recruits and their parents knew who Corliss Williamson was and now that he has spent three years here as a head coach, that also looks good on UCA resume if you will,” East said.
Associate Head Coach Clarence Finley will take over on an interim basis for this one season, East says. They will do a search for a permanent replacement when the season is over.
East says Williamson is very big on mentoring and he is sure Williamson will stay in contact with a lot of UCA players.