Alvin "Pooh" Williamson finished his first season at SMU after being named as an assistant coach by Matt Doherty on July 1, 2011. Williamson came to the Hilltop with 15 years of college coaching experience, helping his teams to seven NCAA Tournaments in the past 10 seasons. Williamson joined the Mustangs after four years as an assistant coach at Texas A&M, where he helped the Aggies earn an NCAA at-large berth each season.
In 2011-12, SMU set the school record for scoring defense (60.1) while leading C-USA and ranking 20th nationally. The Mustangs also held opponents to 30.8 percent from 3-point range, which was first in C-USA (34th NCAA) and second in SMU history. On offense, the Mustangs made 248 3-pointers, which was second in a season at SMU; and the 7.8 threes per game led C-USA and ranked 46th in the NCAA. Overall, SMU finished the 2011-12 season at 13-19 and 4-12 in C-USA. Senior Robert Nyakundi led the Mustangs as he was named All-C-USA Third Team, USBWA All-District and NABC All-District Second Team. He led C-USA in 3-point percentage at 41.4% (25th NCAA) and ranked second in C-USA for threes made (2.7), was 7th in scoring (14.8) and 6th in free throw percentage (.780). Three of the top five scorers for SMU were in their first season.
In four seasons in College Station (2007-11), Williamson helped Texas A&M accumulate a 97-40 record while winning at least 24 games each season. The Aggies earned and NCAA selection each season, advancing to the second round three times. In his last two seasons, Texas A&M finished tied for second (11-5) and third (10-6) in the Big 12.
Williamson previously spent two seasons (2005-07) at Wichita State, where he helped the Shockers to a Missouri Valley Conference title and NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2006.
Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Tulsa for four years (2001-05) and became the Hurricanes' interim head coach midway through 2004-05 season. The Golden Hurricane went 68-57 during his tenure, winning the 2002 WAC title and advancing to the NCAA second round twice. As the interim head coach, Williamson posted his first career victory vs. New Mexico State (83-63) on Jan. 10, 2005. He finished the season with a 7-15 record.
Williamson served as an assistant at Tulane in 2000-01. Before that, he spent two seasons as an assistant at Illinois State (1998-00), where he tutored guards Victor Williams and Tarise Bryson, the Missouri Valley Conference's Freshman and Newcomer of the Year, respectively.
Williamson spent two years (1996-98) as an assistant coach at Washington State and was instrumental in the development of starting point guard Blake Pengally, who posted 120 assists as a freshman.
A four-year letterwinner at Tulsa, Williamson played in 118 career games and was instrumental in Tulsa's back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1994 and 1995. As Tulsa's point guard, Williamson averaged 38 minutes per game in six career NCAA Tournament contests. He started 63 games for the Hurricane in his final two seasons and earned first-team All-MVC and all-defensive team honors after averaging 12.8 points as a senior in 1995. Williamson completed his collegiate career ranked seventh on the school's career assists chart and 10th on the career steals list.
A native of Beggs, Okla., Williamson led Class 2A Beggs High School to two state championships. He earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Tulsa in 1995.
He and his wife Rosemary, have two sons, Jamal and Joshua.
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