Terry Williams leaves a lasting legacy at Corban

Friday, April 26, 2013


In March, Terry Williams, 14-year head coach of Corban’s women’s basketball team, resigned to focus on his health and family.

However, he leaves behind a lasting legacy of sportsmanship, teamwork and mentoring that will continue to be felt at Corban and throughout the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

On April 23, the Statesman Journal’s Bill Poehler published a profile on Williams highlighting his leadership and his relationships with everyone he met.

Allison Galvin made up her mind while going to high school at McNary that she was going to go to college and play basketball at Westmont in California.

One night she and her mother, Debby Williams, were sitting down to dinner at home and the door bell rang. On the other side of the door was Terry Williams, Corban women’s basketball coach and Galvin’s father.

When she answered the bell, he asked if he could come in and proceeded to give her the recruiting pitch of why she needed to play basketball at Corban.

It worked, even if it was a goofy gesture as he lived in the house.

“That’s very typical him,” Galvin said. “He’s a wee bit on the silly side. He was making a point that I was just as important to him of a recruit as any other player.”

For 14 seasons in two stints as head women’s basketball coach at the school he recruited players from all over to come to the school, sometimes landing players who had the ability to play at any level of college basketball, and in doing so he took the programs to new levels of success.

Read the rest of the story in the Statesman Journal.

  • Terry Williams was profiled in the Statesman Journal on April 23.

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