Greg Williams served as head coach from 1985-90, compiling a 93-51 record while taking the Cougars to their first-ever NCAA Tournament during the 1987-88 season. Williams' winning percentage of 64.6 ranks as the highest among head coaches in Houston history.
Williams led Houston to its first NCAA Tournament appearance with a then-record 22-8 overall mark. He also escorted the Cougars to their first second-place finish in the Southwest Conference regular season standings during the 1987-88 campaign and a No. 25 national ranking in the USA Today's final women's basketball poll.
Williams made an immediate impact on the program when he took over the reigns for the 1985-86 season, knocking off third-ranked Louisiana Tech as the Cougars jumped out to an 8-0 record en route to their first-ever top-20 national ranking by the Associated Press and the USA Today. Houston also finished the season with a 19-10 record and a fourth-place finish in the Southwest Conference in 1985-86.
Williams followed that performance by being named the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year by the Dallas Morning News after leading Houston to its second-straight 19-10 record and a third-place finish in SWC play for only the second time in UH history despite only returning five players from his first team.
In addition to the shocking upset over No. 3 Louisiana Tech, Williams' squads also toppled three other ranked teams (No. 12 LSU, No. 19 James Madison, No. 20 Tennessee Tech) during his tenure.
Before coming to Houston, Williams was a women's basketball professional coach with the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Basketball Association in 1984. He led the Diamonds to the WABA title with a 21-2 record and was named the WABA Coach of the Year.
He also served as head coach of the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Professional Basketball League in 1980-81 and guided the Diamonds to a 27-9 regular season record, the Coastal Division Championship and a berth into the WPBL Championship Finals. These feats earned him WPBL Coach of the Year honors in his first season as a head coach.
Williams began his professional women's basketball coaching career as an assistant coach with the Houston Angels of the WPBL in 1978 and helped lead the Angels to the WPBL title and Eastern Division Championships with a 26-8 record in 1978-79. Houston also won the WPBL Western Division title with a 19-14 mark in 1979-80.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Rice University in 1969 and helped guide the Owls to their last Southwest Conference Championship in 1969-70.
Williams was not only successful as an assistant coach at Rice, but also as a player. He was named the SWC Player of the Year and a consensus First-Team All-SWC selection in 1969 after he finished second among SWC scorers with a 21.2 average.
He was also named the Rice team captain and Most Valuable Player, First-Team Small College (under 6 feet) All-America, First-Team All-District VI and Honorable Mention All-American as a senior.
Williams set Rice school records for the free throw accuracy in a single season with 88.9 percent (72-181) and in a career with 85.8 percent (289-337).
A native of Portland, Ind., Williams was a Fifth-Team All-State selection at Portland High School. He also garnered All-Area, All-Conference and team Most Valuable Player honors in basketball and was an All-Conference selection in baseball.
He is married to the former Suzanne Mote.