Pittsburgh, Pa. - Robert Morris University head men's basketball coach Mike Rice has announced the signing of freshman guard Coron Williams (Midlothian, Va./Christchurch School) to a national letter of intent, completing RMU's 2009-10 recruiting class.
The 6'2", 170-pound Williams joins early signees Brad Piehl (New Knoxville, Ohio/New Knoxville), Karon Abraham (Patterson, N.J./Harp Academy) and Lijah Thompson (Philadelphia/Monsignor Bonner), who each signed letters of intent with the Colonials in November. Each will be freshman for RMU in 2009-10.
As a senior at Christchurch in 2008-09, Williams posted averages of 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.1 steals per game while shooting 55 percent from the field, including 46 percent from beyond the arc, and 74 percent at the free-throw line. For those efforts he was named to the All-Virginia Prep League First Team as well as earning a spot on the all-state first team for Virginia Independent School's Division I, the top classification. Three times during his senior year in 2008-09, Williams scored at least 30 points in a game.
"Pure and simple, Coron is a terrific shooter, and he's going to be a tremendous asset to our program," Rice said. "He'll easily fit in with our style and will push for playing time right away, and I'm excited about adding Coron to our program."
Williams was also an All-Virginia Prep League First Team selection as a junior in 2007-08, when he posted averages of 19.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.2 steals per game while converting 50.9 percent of his shots from the field, including a 49.2 three-point field goal shooting percentage.
In addition to the announcement of the signing of Williams, Rice announced today that he has added Robby Pridgen as an assistant to his coaching staff.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Pridgen spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at alma mater Roanoke, where he helped guide the Division III Maroons to an overall record of 54-27 (.667). In his first season as an assistant at Roanoke, the Maroons appeared in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament championship game, where they fell to Hamden-Sydney, 77-62. Roanoke posted an overall record of 17-11 that season, followed by marks of 18-9 in 2007-08 and 19-7 last year.
"Robby is a young and up-and-coming coach, and he proved to me that he possesses a great amount of energy and enthusiasm for what he does," Rice said. "He comes from a very successful Division III program at Roanoke, and we're extremely excited about him joining our staff at Robert Morris."
A 2003 graduate of Roanoke with a bachelor of science degree in health and human performance, Pridgen was a three-time All-ODAC selection during his player career with the Maroons, earning first team honors in 2002 and 2003 after being named to the All-ODAC Second Team in 2001. He ranks sixth all-time on the career scoring list at Roanoke after compiling 1,586 points and also owns career school records for three-pointers (228), three-point field goal attempts (568) and free-throw percentage (.864). In the single-game record book for the Maroons, Pridgen owns the record for three-pointers with nine.
Pridgen started his coaching career as an assistant at Division III Mount Union during the 2003-04 campaign before spending two seasons at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 2004-06. He played his prep career at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, and was a teammate of Maverick Carter, the agent for Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Pridgen replaces Levi Franklin, Jr., who resigned in May to accept the head coaching position at the Potomac School in McLean, Va.