Williams' second season with the Cardinals showed the benefits of his hard work in the recruiting area. The emergence of high quality play from D3Hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Rookie of the Year, Corey Stanford, clearly displayed Williams' keen eye for recruiting great prospects. After a 14-12 2013-14 season, Williams and the Cardinals look to improve on the court and continue to excel in the classroom.
In his first season at CUA last year, Williams played a key role in the Cardinals’ 25-4 record and second-round NCAA Tournament appearance. His abilities contributed to CUA’s recognition as Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.
Williams’ duties include recruiting and assisting with post-player development.
Williams joined the Cardinals after serving five seasons (2007-12) as an assistant boys basketball coach and ninth-grade head coach at Sewickley (Pa.) Academy, where he also taught physical education and was a senior school advisor. He helped the Panthers capture three sectional championships (2008, ’09, ’10), two Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League titles (2009, ’10), and the 2010 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state championship.
Williams was an assistant cross country coach at Sewickley from 2007-12 and an assistant track and field coach from 2009-12. He also directed the basketball program at World Sports Camp in Easthampton, Mass., three summers, and for two years (2008,’09) coached the Basketball Stars of America AAU middle school team in Pittsburgh.
At Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., from 2002-06, Williams played basketball four years and was a starter his final two. The Tomcats advanced to the 2003 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Tournament championship under PAC Coach of the Year Mike Snell. Williams, as a senior captain, was named league Player of the Week once and was chosen honorable mention All-PAC.
Williams was a two-year starting small forward in his three seasons at Pittsburgh’s Woodland Hills High School. The Wolverines won the Quad A Section IV title his sophomore year (2000).
Williams graduated from Thiel College in 2006 with a degree in management information systems. He added a master of science in instructional leadership with a concentration in sports management from Robert Morris University in 2010. He works at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington as an assistant athletic director, physical education teacher and boys and girls basketball coordinator.
Damien Keith Williams was born in Pittsburgh in 1984 and lives in Bethesda, Md. His wife, Angie, is a CUA assistant women’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director/recruiting coordinator.