WILLIAMS LEAVES LHS FOR EASTERN POSITION
After just one month at the helm of the Eastern Oregon men's basketball team, head coach Ryan Looney has hired local standout high school coach Isaac Williams to assist the Mountaineers next season.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have Isaac join my staff," said Looney. "His knowledge for the sport and his ability to communicate will help tremendously. He truly cares about the well-being of the student-athlete and is very passionate about the game of basketball."
Williams guided the La Grande High School girls team to three OSAA 3A playoff appearances in the past four years. The Tigers came in second in the state in 2001-02. One of his star players, Christie Weaver, now plays for the EOU women's team.
Williams was named 3A Coach of the Year by The Oregonian during 2001-02, as well as Greater Oregon League Coach of the Year in 2000-01 and 2001-02.
Williams, a 2000 graduate of EOU with a bachelor of science degree in physical education and health, began his coaching career on the bench of the boys freshman squad at La Grande High School during the 1997-98 season and then was promoted to the head chair of the boys junior varsity coach the following season.
Looney and Williams were teammates and roommates for the Mountaineers in the late '90s.
Isaac and fiancee Angie have one child, Isaiah, age 18 months.