Jerome Williams, seen in a previous in-studio interview on FOX5, was tapped as the head coach of Findlay Prep.
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
Findlay Prep tapped a "Junkyard Dog" to serve as head coach of the school's basketball program.
The college preparatory academy named former NBA player Jerome Williams as the men's basketball head coach.
According to the Henderson academy's website, Williams, an assistant coach for the Pilots last season, will take over for outgoing Todd Simon, who took an assistant coaching job with University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Simon led the program to a 35-1 record during his only season as the head coach. He filled in for former head coach Michael Peck, who accepted a similar role before the 2012-2013 season with the NBA Developmental League's Idaho Stampede.
The school said Williams has been with the program since 2009, serving in various roles including director of player development.
Williams, 40, who has been known in the NBA under the "Junkyard Dog" moniker, played nine seasons in the league, last playing with the New York Knicks in 2005.
"I'm blessed and honored to be the next head coach of this elite program," said Williams. "I thank the Findlay Education Foundation and Henderson International for allowing me to step into the shoes of Todd Simon and Michael Peck on a quest to win another national championship and produce productive college scholarship student athletes."
Findlay Prep also announced the promotion of assistant basketball coach Andy Johnson as program director.
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