High school girls basketball: Legendary coach Roy Williams retires after 42 seasons

High school girls basketball: Legendary coach Roy Williams retires after 42 seasons

Robstown girls basketball coach Roy Williams is retiring.

Williams, who the Lady Pickers to their best season in program history in 2021, announced his decision to step down Saturday.

“It was time,” Williams said. “After coaching for 42 years, I just felt like I didn’t have the energy to continue. It wouldn’t have been fair to go out and not give 100 percent.”

Williams compiled more than 800 wins in his 42 years as a head basketball coach.

Williams began his coaching career at his alma mater West Oso where he led the Lady Bears to the state semifinals in 2008. Williams coached at West Oso for 36 seasons and retired in 2014 after he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Williams overcame his illness and was named head coach at Robstown in 2015.

Williams led the Lady Pickers to their first playoff win in program history this past season as Robstown advanced to the Class 4A regional semifinals for the first time. Williams also led the Lady Pickers to the team’s first outright District 31-4A championship with a program-best 23-2 record.

Williams helped Robstown clinch its first playoff berth in 2019 and followed with three consecutive trips to the Class 4A playoffs.

Williams said his favorite coaching moment was when Robstown defeated Somerset this past season in the regional quarterfinals.

“Our kids worked so hard to get to that regional tournament and for us to execute our game plan was awesome,” Williams said. “Seeing all their smiles was awesome. When I got to Robstown, we wanted to build the culture, and we felt we could get to this level. It feels good to leave on a high note.

Williams was born and raised in Corpus Christi and graduated from West Oso in 1975.

He attended Texas A&I and majored in banking and financing. After his junior year, former West Oso Athletic Director Bitsy Garcia convinced Williams to go into coaching.

Williams switched his major and the rest is history.

“Just being able to see all the kids reach their goals has been incredible,” Williams said. “Seeing the kids from West Oso get to the regional tournament and then again at Robstown meant a lot to me. Watching these kids go out to college and make good people of themselves has meant everything to me.

Williams said the school has already started its search for a new coach.

Even though he’ll miss the game, he won’t be far. Williams said he’d be happy to offer advice and help other schools that want to build a program.

“After I was hired in Robstown, I didn’t know I was going to be there six years,” Williams said. “But I tell you, it’s a great place with great kids. I know I have friends for life from both school districts. I’ve met a lot of incredible people and incredible kids. I know I won’t be alone at my funeral.

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