A three year basketball starter for
Centralia High School in 1961, 1962, 1963,
Williams gained All-State honors in 1962 and
1963. The Orphan of those three years
compiled a record of 90-7 and all made state
playoff appearances with the 1963 team
finishing second. He was named to the
All-State tourney team in 1963.
Herb was known for his tremendous
rebounding abilities, but he still managed
to score 1081 points in his high school
career. He, along with prep teammate Ron
Johnson, went to Evansville for a great
While at Evansville Williams was the
leading rebounder on the 1965 undefeated
NCAA College Division national champions. In
1967 he was named first-team All Conference
for the Indiana Collegiate Conference.
After college he became an assistant
coach in Centralia for a few years,
eventually becoming the head coach at
Evanston High School near Chicago. In 1984
he lead Evanston to a second place finish in
Illinois with the championship game being
the only loss of the year.
was an Assistant Coach at Michigan State
from 1984 to 1990, and Head Coach at Idaho
State University from 1990-1999.