Former Monarch standout Drew Williamson has been elevated to an assistant coach for the Monarchs. He served as the Director of Basketball Operations the past year and a half.
Williamson helped the Monarchs to the post-season three times and an overall record of 93-37 during his career from 2003-07. The Monarch point guard led the Monarchs to the 2005 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship, as well appearances at the 2005 and 2007 NCAA Tournaments and the 2006 NIT Semifinals. Garnering CAA All-Defensive Team honors twice and a selection to the Second Team All-CAA as a senior, Williamson averaged 7.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in his career.
"I am definitely excited about the opportunity to join the staff," said Williamson. "Old Dominion is my second home and I'm thrilled to return home. I'm anxious to get back to campus and cannot wait to get going."
Williamson's name can be found numerous times in the ODU records books. He holds the school record for consecutive career games played having made 130 appearances in the ODU uniform. He is the third all-time leader in steals with 215 and is seventh all-time at ODU and eighth all-time in the CAA in career assists with 555. Williamson along with former Monarch Frank Smith ('88) are the only Monarchs to have recorded over 200 career steals and 500 career assists.
As a senior, Williamson was a Second Team All-CAA and CAA All-Defensive Team selection as he ranked second in the league in steals and assist/turnover ratio and third in the conference in assists. Williamson guided the Monarchs to a 24-9 record and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
During the 2005-06 season, the then junior Monarch led the CAA in assist/turnover ratio for a second straight season and ranked fourth in the league in assists (4.8) and fifth in steals (1.65). The Monarchs finished at 21-10 overall reaching the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York. Williamson also hit the game-winning basket again George Mason that still stands as one of the most memorable moments in Constant Center history.
In his sophomore campaign, Williamson was named to the All-CAA Tournament Team, helping ODU return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997 as he committed no turnovers during the three games leading to the championship title. Leading the CAA in assist/turnover ratio, he also ranked third in the CAA in assists and steals and earned his first CAA All-Defensive Team accolade.
As a freshman, Williamson started 15 games at the point and ended the year ranked ninth in the CAA in assists and sixth in the CAA in assists/turnover ratio. After receiving his degree in 2007 in sports management, Williamson played nearly three seasons overseas in Germany and also spent time a volunteer coach for the Junior Jen Baskets team. Drew and wife Lauren, an ODU graduate as well live in Norfolk.
Drew and wife Lauren welcomed their first child, son Jaden on Sept. 11th of 2012.
WILLIAMSON'S ODU PLAYING HISTORY AT ODU 2006-07: Second team All-CAA selection...Only the second Monarch to have over 500 career assists and over 200 career steals...ranked second in the CAA in steals and assist/turnover ratio...Ranked third in CAA in assists...CAA All-Defensive selection... Eighth all-time in CAA steals history and sixth all-time in assists. ODU leader in consecutive career games played at 130.
2005-06: Led CAA in assist/turnover ratio (2.89) for second straight year...ranked fourth in CAA in assists(4.8), and fifth in steals (1.65)...Hit game winning basket in win over George Mason...scored in double figures ten times...tied a career high 15 points against Fordham...Dished out a career high ten assists vs. Marist...had four steals five times. Hit 4 of 6 treys at JMU...played 41 minutes in overtime game at Richmond....started All 34 games...currently 12th all-time in assists and 11th all-time in assists at ODU. 2004-05: Started every game...Averaged 4.5 assists per game...scored a career high 15 points against Hofstra...Logged a career high 36 minutes in the CAA tournament championship game...Had 16 multi-steal games...selected to the CAA All-Tournament squad as he committed no turnovers during the three games...Selected to the CAA All-Defensive squad...Led CAA in assist/turnover ratio at 4.03...ranked third in the CAA in assists and steals...
2003-04: Ranked ninth in the CAA in assists...Ranked sixth in the CAA in assists/turnover ratio at 1.7...Started 15 games at the point guard spot...Scored a career high nine points against GMU and VCU in two of the last three games of the season...Dished out eight assists in the CAA tournament opener against Hofstra...Four or more assists 12 times...
HIGH SCHOOL: The 2003 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Male Athlete of the Year...A two-sport standout in basketball and football...averaged 18.3 points, and 5.1 assists for Cummings High School...Completed his career with over 2,000 career points, 350 career assists And 200 career steals...The MVP of the Class 2-A basketball final in 2002...Helped lead Cummings to two state basketball championships, and was twice runner-up for the 2-A Player-of -the Year...Cummings reached the state semi-finals as a senior...In football, Williamson passed for 3,118 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior...helped Cummings capture the state football championship and was named 2-A Player of the Year...His career passing totals of 9,736 yards ranks third all-time in North Carolina State High School history...Threw for 116 career touchdowns...member of the National Honor Society.
CAREER BESTS: Points: 20 at W&M (2-24-07) FGM: 7, vs. GMU(3-4-07) & Monmouth (11-10-06) FGA: 14, vs. VCU(1-20-07) & MU (1-17-07) FG%: .833 (5-6) vs. Ga. State (1-29-07) 3PTFGM: 6, (6-8) vs. W&M (2-24-07) 3PTFGA: 8, vs. W&M (2-24-07) 3PT FG%:.750 (6-8) at W&M (2-24-07) FTM: 8, at Delaware (2-25-06) FTA: 8, vs. Hofstra (3-6-05), & at Delaware (2-25-06) FT%: 1000(8-8) at JMU (2-23-06) REBS: 8, vs GMU (2-3-07) AST: 10, vs. Marist (2-18-06) STLS: 6, vs. Drexel (1-31-05) & Ark.State(11-11-06) MINS: 41, at Richmond (12-20-05)
CAREER POINTS YR GP FG PCT FT PCT REB-AV A TP AVG 04 29 34-89 .382 36-57 .632 65-2.2 97 115-4.0 05 34 75-176.426 34-55 .618 99-2.9 153 212-6.2 06 34 77-180 .428 55-78 .705 113-3.3 162 284-7.3 07 33 122-202 .418 69-95 .726 120-3.6 143 362-11.0 TL 130 308-647 .476 194-285 .681 397-3.1 555 937-7.2
3PTS PCT STLS 04 11-36 .306 23 05 28-74 .378 60 06 39-107 .364 57 07 49-140 .350 75 TL 127-357 .355 215