Jerica Williams joins Titans men’s basketball as first female assistant

In a historic move that has sent lots of excitement through the world of college basketball, Jerica Williams has made history by becoming the first female assistant coach for the Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team. Williams brings a wealth of experience and a groundbreaking vision to the court.

Williams, an accomplished basketball coach with an impressive resume, had a path to this moment was filled with determination and hard work. 

She began her basketball career as a player, competing at the college level before transitioning into coaching. She honed her skills in various coaching positions, working diligently to rise through the coaching ranks. 

“I’ve always loved the game of basketball, and my dream was to make a meaningful impact in the coaching world,” Williams said. 

Williams was the girls’ head basketball coach Detroit Country Day from 2020-22. She won Coach of the Year twice and reached two state Final Fours. She has prior collegiate coaching experience at Cal State Northridge and San Diego State.

She also works with NBA players in the offseason, including Steph Curry. As a player, her college career included stops at UCLA and San Diego State.

Her tenacity and expertise have clearly paid off, as she now stands at the forefront of a historic transformation in the sport.

“This is a groundbreaking moment for women in sports, but it’s also a testament to the progress that basketball, and sports in general, have made in recognizing talent and diversity,” she explained. 

Williams is determined to prove that gender should never be a barrier to pursuing one’s passion. 

“I want to inspire young girls who dream of being a part of the game, whether as players or coaches, to break through any boundaries,” Williams said.

Head coach Mike Davis expressed his excitement about having Williams on board. 

“Jerica is an incredible addition to our coaching staff,” Davis said. “Her knowledge of the game and her experience will elevate our team’s performance. I see her as an equal and a critical member of the coaching staff.” 

Davis is confident that her unique perspective will bring a fresh and creative approach to the game for this season.