Courting chaos: new women’s basketball coach has clear vision

Process and identity keys for head coach Warren Williams

After years of coaching experience, Warren Williams believes he has found the right fit as the new head coach of George Brown’s women’s basketball program.

Williams, who also works as a physical-education teacher at Applewood Heights Secondary, has helmed championship squads over his decade-plus with Ontario Basketball, coached the U19 Sultan Prospects Girls in Mississauga and was an assistant coach on York University’s men’s team.

He takes over a program which went from 2-14 in 2014-15 to 7-7 last season, and makes no bones about his vision for Huskies basketball.

“We want to play up-tempo basketball. I like to use the word ‘chaos’ to describe the way we want to play, and it actually stands for something: continually harassing all opponents season-long.”

While new to George Brown, Williams is already acquainted with men’s basketball coach Jonathan Smith and manager of athletics and recreation Melanie Gerin-Lajoie. They give him confidence that the resources and family atmosphere necessary to build a national championship are here.

When it comes to developing championship habits, the head coach leads by example.

“He always is prepared with an actual schedule of what’s going on in the practice that day, so there’s a lot more structure than before,” said player Jacklyn Medeiros.

Williams describes himself as a good listener who likes to have fun. His approachable demeanour isn’t lost on the team’s athletes.

“Chill. Very relaxed, easy-going and you get comfortable with him quick. You’re not scared of him,” said guard Krystal-Ann Elento.

Among the players and coaching staff, there’s an objective they are working towards: the national championships. For Williams, the path for reaching that goal is clear.

“Last night at practice, we talked about being the loudest practice in the league every night. It’s about communication, about doing things the right way.”

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Courting chaos: new women’s basketball coach has clear vision