Rob Williams is returning to his roots as a member of the UAB men's basketball coaching staff. UAB head coach Andy Kennedy announced the hire on Tuesday.

Williams is a former UAB player and was on the staff under three Blazer head coaches. He served as a graduate manager and director of player relations. He was on Kennedy's first UAB staff before becoming an assistant coach for the past two seasons under former UAB assistant coach Jeff Wulbrun at the University of Denver.

"Excited to have Rob back with Blazer Basketball," Kennedy said in a press release. "The experience he garnered in his two seasons as an assistant coach at Denver puts him in a great position to bring real value to our staff. He completely understands the values and standards of this program."

Williams was one of the program's top defenders during his time as a UAB player. He played in 123 games with 81 starts from 2010-14. Williams played in 123 games and made 81 starts during his four years as a Blazer from 2010-2014. He was part of the Conference USA regular season championship and NCAA Tournament participant team in 2010-11.

"It's an honor to come back home to my alma mater at UAB," Williams, a Greenville, Miss. native, said in the press release. "No better feeling. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside AK and this great staff. Since day one, AK has always been great to my family and me. I've always admired AK as a player and coach. The winning tradition at UAB has always been a standard, which is very appealing to me. Ready to get to work and help win championships."

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