Travis Williams is being replaced as Tennessee State University men’s basketball head coach, school officials said in a statement March 16.

According to Tennessee State Athletics, Williams was relieved of his coaching duties after two seasons as head coach. A “nationwide search” to replace Williams will begin immediately, according to Tennessee Athletics.

Tennessee State finished with this season with a 5-25 record, after losing the first 10 games of the 2013-14 schedule.

“We thank Coach Williams for his hard work both as an assistant and as a head coach, and we wish him the best in all future endeavors,” said Tennessee State Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips, in a statement released by the university. “We want to move in a different direction and believe that this decision is in the best interest of Tennessee State and our men’s basketball program.”

Williams will leave Tennessee State with a 23-40 overall record at the school as head coach. He served as an assistant coach under former Tennessee State head coach John Cooper from 2009 to 2012. Tennessee State went 20-13 under Cooper in 2012, their first winning record since 1996. Williams took over when Cooper left to take the head coaching job at Miami-Ohio in 2013.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor