Tennessee State last Friday promoted assistant men’s basketball coach Travis Williams to permanent head coach.
Williams, a native of Tifton, Ga., served as an assistant for previous TSU head coach John Cooper during the last three seasons. Cooper left on April 6 after accepting the head coaching position at Miami (Ohio).
Williams helped restore a winning attitude to the Tigers’ program. The Big Blue recorded just nine wins in 2009-10, while improving to 14 victories in 2010-11. Last season, the Tigers completed a 20-13 mark – the most for any TSU program since 1978-79. It also marked the school’s first winning season in 16 years.