Date Published: 
04/19/2012
In the Saddle — Mike Williamson

CHICKASHA – Mike Williamson led the Drovers to win the 2002 NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship, and almost a decade later, he returned to USAO to finish his degree and again help lead the team.

“Those were some of the best days of my life. I had a blast. I met a lot of good people,” he said. “Those are the days that I can remember like yesterday, and I’ll never forget. Never forget.”

Williamson, who is the Drovers’ all-time leading scorer and assists leader, has been a student assistant on the men’s basketball team since winter break of 2010.

He said his key to success as a player was simple: a desire to be successful.

“I never just was satisfied with how it was. I wanted to get better,” he said. “That’s what it was, just being humble and not scared of hard work.”

After leaving USAO in 2003, Williamson played professionally in England and Brazil. He returned to school so that he could become a coach and continue to follow his passion. He will be graduating from USAO on Friday.

“My dream was to coach. I’ve tried to see if I could do other things, but it always came back to coaching, so I knew it was my calling,” he said. “That’s what I do like about our guys. They are very respectful and very coachable. I think they give everything they can. But I’m going to still push them past their limitations though.”

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