New Orleans Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams
Find background and bio information on the team's coaching leader that was hired in
June of 2010.
A Full Monty
Monty Williams (middle) is now
leading the Hornets charge.
Williams now leads the Hornets franchise with hopes that New
Orleans can regain upper tier NBA status
Little Known Facts About Monty Williams
--Has at least two things in  common with Chris Paul, an affinity for for No. 3 and being a  
member of a USA Basketball squad that won a championship  in international
competition. Wore No. 3 throughout most of his NBA career.

--Monty is actually a shortened version of his middle name, His full name is Tavares
Montgomery Williams Jr.

--According to his 2003 player bio, Williams was an  outstanding high school
student, achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA. also noted that he "enjoys fishing" and
"love eating shrimp," pursuits that fit perfectly with becoming a resident of New Orleans
and Louisiana.Along the same lines, an  Orlando Sentinel story reported that his "second
love after his family" is bass fishing..

--He is the epitome of a family man, In 1995 he married his college sweetheart Ingrid,
who was a sociology and anthropology major at Notre Dame. The couple me for the first
time during their first week on Notre Dame;s campus in South Bend, Ind.

--In New York alone, Williams' hed coaches included Don Nelson and Pat Riley, who rank
No. 1 and No. 3 all-time on the NBA's all-time wins list. The man ranked fifth on the
all-time list, Larry Brown, was Williams' head coach at Philadelphia in 2002-03. During
stops  in San Antonio, Orlando and Denver, Williams' head coaches were Gregg Popovich
(four  NBA titles), Doc Rivers, (one NBA title) and Mike D'Antoni.
Monty Williams Coaching Philosophy: Expect New Orleans to
run and play D
The Hornets will be running and playing defense under new coach Monty Williams as
they try to become a playoff team again. They have one of the best open-court decision
makers and scoring forces in the NBA in Chris Paul. Yet the Hornets did not run under
Byron Scott. They played at the 28th fastest pace in the league (of the 30 teams) Scott's
first season.  After that their pace was never fast: 21, 23, 26, 28. Under Jeff Bower this
past season, they jumped to 15. Williams said at his news conference he wants to play to
the team's strengths and get out and run more. "We want to play efficiently fast, but we
also want to to play from the inside out," said Williams. "We have to have some structure
to that, but I need to trust Paul and Darren Collison to do their things." He also said that
you don't get to run without defense, something the Hornets have to do better, he said. "I
feel like David West and Emeka Okafor got a lot of flak for giving up paint points and post
points this season. That's not necessarily the case in my view. Defense starts with ball
pressure and keeping the ball out of the paint until the bigs can get into position to help."
Some space and defense could have the Hornets back in the playoffs next season.
Monty Williams Early Path to Coaching
New Hornets coach Monty Williams traces his road to coaching to a point during his three
seasons as a player with Orlando when he walked toward the bench during a game that
wasn't going well and told then coach Doc Rivers the Magic needed a timeout. "He just
goes off on me" 'Just play the game and get out of here,' "said Williams."I start walking
toward half court, saying what I had to say, and he called timeout. After that, we had some
talks...and he just brought it up that I might be a coach someday. But that wasn't in my
thinking at that time and I looked at him as if he was nuts."...
Chris Paul Was a Key to Williams' Decision
PAUL SOLD COACH: One big reason Monty Williams took the Hornets head-coaching job
was three-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

"In Portland, we were always trying to get a top point guard, and then we got Andre Miller
last year and I realized how much easier the game can be when you have an elite point
guard running your team," the former Trail Blazers  assistant told the media on Tuesday
at his news conference at the Arena.

The Hornets also have a prominent power forward in two-time All-Star David West, as
well as a pair of promising second-yer players in point guard Darren Collison and
shooting guard Marcus Thornton.

Williams said he wants the Hornets to play an up-tempo style, but not at the risk of
increased turnovers. The new coach also said that if the Hornets don't improve
defensively on the perimeter as well as the inside, it won't matter what style of offense
they run.

"I feel like David and Emeka Okafor got a lot of flak for giving up a lot of paint points and
post points this season," said Williams. "I don't think all of that is on their shoulders. I
think out guards and wings have to help them hold the paint down."

Hornets GM Jeff Bower said he's had an eye onWilliams since witnessing how he
handled Portland's summer league teams a few years ago.

"At that point, we felt that this was going to be a coach that was going to be very
successful when given the opportunity," said Bower.
New Orleans Hornets Press Release on the Hiring of
Monty Williams as Head Coach

Welcome Monty Williams to the Hornets Family!

The Hornets announced on Monday that they have hired Monty Williams as the ninth
head coach in franchise history. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not

"We wanted to make sure we interviewed all of the top candidates to get the best
available coach on the market," Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower said. "We feel like
we succeeded with that objective and now that we have Monty on board, we can
concentrate on helping him thrive by continuing to do whatever it takes to make this
team better. Monty has all the qualities that we are looking for in a new head coach."

"I am honored for this opportunity to be the Hornets head coach," Hornets Head Coach
Monty Williams said. "I have been fortunate to be around this game as a player and an
assistant coach. I have had the privilege to play for and coach alongside some of the
best coaches in this league. The Hornets have a first-class organization and team; this
is the perfect opportunity for me. I am very excited to get started in New Orleans."

Williams, a native of Fredericksburg, VA, comes to the Hornets after five seasons as the
assistant coach under Nate McMillan of the Portland Trail Blazers. During his time with
the Blazers, he helped the team compile a 198-210 (.483) record. Known as one of the
most promising young coaches in the NBA, Williams has been a key asset in
developing some of the Blazers young talent. Over the last three seasons, the Blazers
have compiled a record of 145-101 (.589), including two straight playoff appearances. A
former swingman in the NBA, Williams is largely credited for the development of the
young Blazers swingmen Nicholas Batum and Martell Webster, as well as former
Blazer and current Los Angeles Clipper Travis Outlaw. Williams served as the head
coach for the Blazers summer league team in the NBA Summer League in 2007 and

"Monty is an outstanding teacher, motivator of the game and one of the brightest young
coaches in the NBA," said Hornets President Hugh Weber. "His former coaches, who
are among the best in the NBA, speak very highly of Monty. He teaches from experience
and is a great developer of talent. We are extremely excited to add him to the Hornets

Williams spent one season as a coaching intern under Gregg Popovich of the San
Antonio Spurs during the 2004-05 season, helping the Spurs capture the NBA
Championship that season. He was the head coach for the Spurs summer league
entry team in the 2005 Rocky Mountain Revue.

"I am thrilled to have Coach Williams as our head coach and this season cannot get
here fast enough," Hornets point guard Chris Paul said. "He is one of the great young
coaches in this league. Being a former player, he knows firsthand how the league
works and he has played with and worked for some of the great talents in the NBA. I am
really excited to be along in his first head coaching journey; he is a perfect fit for our