New SHS Basketball Coach

After Todd Miller retired from coaching boys’ hoops at Stone High School earlier this year, there was an obvious choice for his replacement.

Stone High graduate Jonathan Williams is taking the program’s reins this summer. Most recently, he worked as an assistant with head women’s basketball coach Hope Adams at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. With Williams on staff, the team went from winless in the league to a region finalist.

“I would have never thought it would be that hard to leave,” Williams said. “It was really like leaving a family.”

Williams said both players and coaches were crying.

He promised to stay in touch and support the team whenever he could.

Though Williams leaves the Bulldogs, he returns to his Tomcat roots.

The son of the late Robert and Annie Williams, the new head coach grew up in Stone County where earned hard work, dedication, and the importance of giving back from his father who raised cattle and served as a county supervisor before passing away in 2010.

Williams was a ninth-grade point guard when Miller first started as an assistant coach under former head coach Peter Georgian. During his years as a Tomcat, Williams became the standout shooter before graduating in 2002.

He signed with Pearl River Community College on a full athletic scholarship. Williams was instrumental in PRRCC’s back-to-back national men’s basketball national championships. He was known for his ability to rake in points under pressure and helped secure dozens of wins.

Later Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Faulkner University and a master’s in business administration from William Carey. After college, he worked a decade with various companies including AT&T Mobility, Antonelli College, and Island View Casino. At the Beau Rivage, Williams managed an entire floor of nearly 1,000 V.I.P. casino guests.

Williams said he is currently earning his final credits for his teaching license at William Carrey this summer. He hopes to teach economics and business classes at Stone High in the near future. Williams believes he can use his professional experience to help students prepare for their careers.

Additionally, Williams founded an independent basketball coaching program, Elite Sklz Basketball Training. Through his program, he trains players on every level and skill range. The program is designed to grow each player’s potential and develop talent. Williams trains professional, collegiate, high school, and amateur basketball players through Elite Sklz.

Williams was no stranger to coaching. He has eight years of basketball coaching experience. Before Williams joined the MGCCC staff in 2019, he worked with Stone High athletes under Miller. During those three years with Miller, the Tomcats won 60 games and secured a Region 8-5A championship. Stone also played in the MHSAA championship tournament and Miller was named the Sun Herald’s Coach of the Year.

Williams joins the Stone staff highly recommended by the previous head coaches.

“I couldn’t be more happier for Jonathan. I love him half to death,” Miller said. “He is just what these boys need. Without a doubt, I will be his biggest supporter.”

Under Miller and Georgian, Williams became a high-scoring shooting guard who helped secure many wins for the team.

“We are expecting him to carry the program now,” Former head coach Georgian said. “I’m excited for Jon to take over. He will do an excellent job.”

Williams said he is happy to continue in the footsteps of coaches who have made the biggest impact on his career.

“There’s a lot of history between us three,” Williams said. “I just hope to continue Stone High’s basketball legacy and continue to build a winning culture.”