Nineteen years ago, Donald Williams averaged 21.8 points per game and scored 109 points in the last five games of the 1993 NCAA Tournament for North Carolina.
That earned him the Most Outstanding Player hardware and a national championship ring.
"I’ve won three championship rings overseas since then," Williams said. “But it wasn't the same. It wasn't at home. I've always wanted to win another one at home."
He’ll get his shot at Northwood (Pittsboro, N.C.), this time as a coach.
Williams was named Chargers boys' basketball coach Tuesday.
"I'm very, very excited," Williams said. "I'm looking forward to it. I'm just ready to get things going. I wish the season was starting today."
Last season, Williams pulled double duty, serving as assistant girls' basketball coach at St. Mary's (Raleigh, N.C.) and assistant boys' basketball coach at Garner (Garner, N.C.), his alma mater.
Northwood athletic director Jason Amy said that hiring Williams was a no-brainer.
"Obviously, looking at his resume, his accomplishments as a player are overwhelming," Amy said. "It was pretty cut-and-dry when we learned that he was interested in the job. We have a very good core of kids coming back, and we feel like he’s the guy to get us over the hump."
The Chargers have come close to claiming the ever-elusive state championship ring, but in 2009 and 2011 finished as runner-up.
"Coming into to a program that is already established is a good thing, but it can definitely be a challenge," said Williams, who played professionally in Greece, France and Spain. "I know that I bring a lot to the table, and I'm going to give it everything that I have. That's the goal to get that state title. If I can pull that off, I think it would rank right up there with that '93 title."