Larry Williams
Head Coach




Larry Williams is entering his 8th season as the head coach of the Avila Eagles women’s basketball team.  Williams and the Eagles will be looking to rebound in 2014 after a tough 2013 campaign.

His overall record at Avila is 132-112, and in his tenure as head coach, Williams has brought the program from a perennial basement dweller to a legitimate threat in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

The 2012-13 squad had two players receive All-HAAC honors while junior Arianne Henry was selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Emil S. Liston award for all female athletes in the HAAC.

In the 2010-11 season, the Eagles claimed the HAAC conference tournament title and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in school history. The following season, the Eagles defeated 3rd-seeded Freed-Hardeman (TN) and advanced into the round of sixteen.

His teams are not only known for winning on the court, but also in the classroom.  The women’s basketball program has won the “Geer Cup” (Highest team GPA) in four of the last six years.

Williams is a 1965 graduate of Windsor High School in Windsor, MO and played college basketball at Highland Community College (1965-67) and the University of Central Missouri (1967-69). He was chosen as captain of the Mules in his senior year.

Coach Williams is a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the Army from 1970-72. After serving his duty, he returned back to UCM and received his BSE and BSM.

Williams is married to his wife, Patty, and they have two daughters, Lindsay and Morgan, as well as six grandchildren.




The Williams Era      
Year Overall Recrod HAAC *Notes
2006-2007 18-13 10-10  
2007-2008 17-15 11-9  
2008-2009 24-7 15-5  
2009-2010 19-12 13-7  
2010-2011 20-13 12-8 HAAC Tournament Champions, National Tournament Apperance
2011-2012 22-11 14-4 National Tournament Round of Sixteen Participant
2012-2013 6-20 5-13  
Overall 126-92 80-56  




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