Tracey Williams-Johnson brings a diverse background of experience in collegiate, professional and international basketball to her position on the UNC staff. In her 15th year as a Tar Heel assistant coach, Williams oversees the recruitment of student-athletes to the Carolina program.
Williams joined the UNC staff in 1999 after two years as Vice President for Player Personnel and Basketball Operations for the American Basketball League, a women’s professional league. Her duties included coordination of the player combine, development of draft procedures and supervision of trades. She directed game operations for the ABL All-Star Game and coordinated the first-ever women’s Slam Dunk Contest, which was won in 1998 by UNC graduate Sylvia Crawley.
A North Carolina native, Williams grew up in Salemburg, N.C., and attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and softball. In basketball, she was the recipient of her team’s Hustle, Spark Plug and Coaches’ awards. In softball, she was all-state and the team’s MVP, and went on to play Women’s Major League Softball.
In 1986, she earned a B.S. degree from UNC Pembroke with a double major in health, physical education, recreation and dance, and recreation management and administration.
Following graduation, Williams spent six years working for the Parks and Recreation Department in Albany, Ga. As a gym and facility supervisor, she helped to coordinate events such as the Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament, the Georgia Police and Fire Olympics and a number of national softball tournaments. In 1990, she took a sabbatical to train with the U.S. Women’s Team Handball National Team in Colorado Springs, Colo.
During the 1992-93 school year, she served as an assistant women’s basketball and volleyball coach at Albany State University. She also co-hosted a television talk show that provided a forum for discussion of local issues like drug use, crime and race relations.
From 1993-97, Williams was Assistant Director of Women’s Programs for USA Basketball, the sport’s national governing body. In that capacity, she coordinated trials, training camps and competitions for women’s national teams and traveled extensively as a representative of the organization. She has served as a member of the Women’s Sports Foundation Ad Hoc Committee for Professional and Amateur Female Athletes and the Black Coaches Association Strategic Planning Committee, as well as the NCAA Elite Athlete Insurance Committee.
Williams is a recipient of the Black Coaches Association Lifetime Commitment Award, which is given to those “exemplifying the highest in coaching standards.” She also served on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Pros.
Williams resides in Durham with her husband Gregory Johnson.
|Position:||Assistant Coach/Director of Recruiting|
|Alma Mater:||UNC Pembroke|