Dream Beyond Your Surroundings: The Maurice Williams story

SALISBURY, MD- New Salisbury men’s basketball head coach Maurice Williams has been on the job for just under three months. Since his hire on April 17th, 2019, he’s nestled himself comfortably in the men’s basketball office held by numerous previous head coaches. Although it’s his first time as head coach at the school, that mid-April day was not his first time in his current office.

A decade ago, Williams transferred to Salisbury with the hopes of suiting up for the Sea Gulls, only to be cut in open tryouts for the squad. With basketball out of the picture at the school, Williams reluctantly joined the track and field team. He credits Salisbury Track and Field with giving him the feeling of “team” once again.

Williams would find himself transferring once again, this time to Frostburg State University in Allegany County, MD. After enduring the heartbreak of losing a close teammate while at the school, the Columbus, Ohio native would find his stride on the basketball court. By his senior year with the Bobcats, he would lead the conference in scoring, offensive rebounding, and free-throw percentage, and become the first FSU player to land on the CAC first team all-conference list.

After his playing career was finished, Williams spent a number of years as a college assistant coach, including stops at Eastern, Johns Hopkins, Frostburg, Stevenson, and Salisbury. After years in the Division III world, Williams acquired a Division I assistant job at Longwood University. After one year with the Lancers, Williams is starting his first head coaching career–at the very place his basketball career almost ended. The office he was once cut in, is his own personal office now. What a difference 10 years makes.

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