Hornets Hire Monty Williams as Head Coach

Former player Monty Williams is set to start a new chapter in his NBA career. The 38-year-old former University of Notre Dame star has been tapped by the New Orleans Hornets to handle the team for the next three years, replacing Jeff Bower, who was fired at the end of current NBA season.

It would be Williams’ first try as a head coach after serving as Nate McMillan’s assistant at Portland since 2005. He beat out seven other applicants for the job of bringing back the Hornets to the playoffs after missing the post season for the first time in three years.

Williams said his entry into the Hornets organization is the perfect opportunity for him to show that he is ready to take charge of his own team. “The Hornets have a first-class organization and team…I am very excited to get started in New Orleans,” said Williams, who played for the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, and Philadelphia 76ers in a nine-year NBA career that started in New York when the Knicks picked him 24th overall in the 1994 Draft.