Alabama State University’s new basketball coach Mo Williams has made quite a bit of noise in the past month.
It was announced in mid-May that he would take his coaching talents to the SWAC, after assisting Mark Gottfried at Cal State Northridge. Less than 24 hours later, it was announced that Trace Young, a former 3-star recruit who spent last season at John A. Logan Community College, will be taking his talents to Montgomery. Young Headlines the ASU recruiting class, along with junior college transfers EJ and Kareem Clark, and high school guard Darryl Jackson.
The momentum continues as ASU announced Williams’ completed coaching staff, which includes men at different levels of the coaching ranks.
Dannton Jackson will be the second-in-command as the associate head coach. Johnson brings in almost 30 years of coaching experience, which includes a successful 14-year stint at Xavier University of Louisiana where he is the winningest coach in program history. His most recent tenure was with University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he served as assistant for the last four years.
Clinton “Trey” Johnson will serve as assistant coach. Johnson’s collegiate career was spent in the SWAC, where he played for Alcorn and Jackson State University, where he was named conference Player of the Year during the 2006-2007 season. Johnson spent most of his pro career overseas, and he also helped the Qatar National team to a bronze medal in the 2012 Asian Cup.
Andrew Steele will serve as the second assistant coach. Steele has spent a lot of time in Alabama, from playing collegiately for the Crimson Tide, to coaching at John Carroll Catholic in Birmingham, working on the staff at South Alabama, Troy, and most recently at his alma mater, where he served as director of video services.
Tyrone Levett is a returning staff member, continuing his role as Director of Player Development and Basketball Operations. Levett played for Alabama State from 1998-2002, followed by a long, quality career playing in several countries.
One aspect that always follows a new coach is how much experience his staff will have. Will he have older, more experienced coaches, or will he have young coaches ready to prove themselves, like himself? Honestly, Williams not only has a well-balanced staff in terms of experience, but everyone contributes a certain knowledge of hoops that help the program.
Dannton is in his mid-40s who’s coached at the collegiate level for decades, not mention he’s known Williams since their days coaching Adidas summer basketball together. Johnson will be 36 in August, plus has experience playing overseas and has achieved success in international play while competing for his country. Steele is only 30 but has been involved with basketball in Alabama his entire career. Levett is in his early 40s and is an ASU alum, giving him a connection no other coach can claim/
It’s the combination of their balance of youth, knowledge and traits that will help Williams turn the program around. It’s safe to say there is a lot to look forward to this season