NEW ROCHELLE, NY – It is with deep sadness that Iona College announces the passing of former men’s basketball assistant coach and current assistant GM of the Memphis Grizzlies, Kenny Williamson, 65; of New York, NY, Tuesday morning after a year-long battle with cancer.
Known to many as “Eggman”, Williamson spent 21 years on the college sidelines under the likes of former Iona head coach Jim Valvano, St. John’s icon Lou Carnesecca and Louisville’s Denny Crum. He also coached at Columbia and Florida State, serving as assistant and associate head coach.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Kenny,” said Iona College Director of Athletics Eugene Marshall. “He was a personal friend and a friend to the Iona College community. He will be missed not only on the professional level, but also through college, high school and AAU levels. The Iona College family will miss him.”
Upon arriving at Iona, Williamson spent time on the coaching staffs under two great leaders; Pat Kennedy and Valvano. Williamson is credited for orchestrating the recruitment of Iona College Hall of Fame members Steve Burtt Sr. and Gary Springer.
A fixture in his native Harlem, Williamson was featured in the television basketball documentary “Hallowed Grounds” and was also in the film on the Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park.
When he decided to leave the college ranks, Williamson moved to the NBA scouting department and worked in the New York Knicks organization during the Pat Riley era. He also spent time with the Charlotte Bobcats as the Director of Scouting.
The Vietnam veteran was a graduate of City College of New York and is survived by his mother, wife, five children and four grandchildren.