Isaac Williams took a leap when he came to Boise State three years ago, and now the time is right to jump back.
Williams, the Broncos’ men’s basketball team director of operations, will return to Eastern Oregon University to become its head coach, a position he held from 2009 to 2013. An EOU graduate, he also coached at La Grande High and as an assistant at his alma mater following his playing days, which ended in 1998.
“I was just excited about the proposition of coaching again, especially at a place that’s near and dear to my heart,” Williams said. “I care not just about the team, but the school and the community so much.”
As the Mountaineers’ head coach, Williams went 96-32, including a No. 1 ranking his final season. Jared Barrett, who took over after Williams left for Boise State, resigned March 8 after posting a 47-44 record in his three seasons. At Boise State, he was in charge of scheduling, along with organizing travel. He also temporarily filled in as an assistant coach last fall when Jeff Linder took a short leave of absence.
“I learned to appreciate a lot of the things that level of basketball (NAIA) is about,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to going back to a situation I’m really familiar with. Of course I wanted to coach again. I had a good experience here. I’m excited to make my own decisions again.”
In a statement, EOU Athletic Director Anji Weissenfluh said “I am so excited to welcome Isaac back to Eastern Oregon. Isaac is a great fit within our department and university. He knows exactly what it takes to be successful at EOU. In the few years he was gone, I know he increased his already strong knowledge of the game, recruiting tactics, and program management that will do nothing but improve the great job he already does.”