May 21, 2012
Ryun Williams, the highly successful coach at South Dakota, was named Monday the new women's basketball coach at CSU.
Williams, who has put together an impressive resume at three previous stops, was named Monday to take over the CSU women’s basketball coach.
Williams takes over for Kristen Holt, who resigned after four seasons at CSU. The Rams were 13-17 this past season.
Williams has spent the past four seasons at South Dakota, coaching the Coyotes in their transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. This past season – their first at the Division I level – the Coyotes finished 23-8 and reached the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Williams is the third coach hired by Jack Graham since he became athletic director in December. Previously, he hired Jim McElwain to lead the football program and Larry Eustachy to coach men’s basketball.
“Williams is a proven winner,” said Graham. “He is dedicated, hard-working and a very talented coach who brings a national reputation of success with him to Colorado State. I know he’s excited to get started, and I know our fans will be excited to watch his teams in action. I am confident that under Coach Williams leadership, we will launch the Rams back to national prominence.”
This past season, USD ranked nationally in blocks per game (7.3), eighth in field-goal defense (33.2) and 12th in scoring defense (52.3). South Dakota ranked 97 in the RPI, the second-highest of any Summit League team and the highest mark in school history.
Prior to South Dakota, where he earned bachelor’s and graduate degrees, Williams spent 10 seasons at Wayne State, a Division II school in Nebraska. He transformed Wayne State, which had won just 13 games in the two seasons prior to his arrival, into a consistent winner that produced 20 or more wins in three of his final four seasons.
A native of Gillette, Wyo., Williams and his wife, Lyndy, have two daughters, Natalie and Emily.