“Junkyard Dog” Jerome Williams lands coaching job at Findlay Prep


jerome-williamsFindlay Prep assistant coach and former NBA player Jerome Williams will take over the Pilots program, the team has announced.

The move has been expected since former coach Todd Simon left the high school basketball national powerhouse in July to become an assistant at UNLV.

Findlay Prep is coming off a 35-1 year that included a perfect regular season. Over the last six seasons the Pilots went 192-9 with three National High School Invitational titles.

“I’m blessed and honored to be the next head coach of this elite program,” Williams said in a statement. “I thank the Findlay Education Foundation and Henderson International for allowing me to step into the shoes of Todd Simon and Michael Peck on a quest to win another National Championship and produce productive college scholarship student athletes.”

Williams has also been involved with the program since 2009, but last season was his first as an assistant. He previously filled various roles in player development.

Nicknamed the Junkyard Dog, Williams played nine seasons in the NBA for Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.

His best season was for the Toronto Raptors in 2002-03, when he played in 71 games, including 63 starts, and averaged 9.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

He appeared in total of 587 NBA games (159 started), averaging 6.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg in 21.7 minutes per game.

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