November 11, 2011; Stanford, CA, USA; Central Arkansas Bears head coach Corliss Williamson (center) instructs his team during the first half against the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Central Arkansas head coach joins Sacramento Kings staff

Corliss Williamson, head coach of Central Arkansas, leaves his job to be an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette first broke the story on Friday of the Bears’ head coach leaving the school after being the head coach for three years

“I honestly couldn’t see myself leaving for any situation other than an opportunity to go back to Sacramento,” Williamson said in a statement released by the school. “It’s a place where I cut my teeth as a rookie in the NBA, spent over half of my career there. It’s an area that reminds me a lot of Arkansas, with the people, the fans they have there. It’s just a great opportunity that I have now to return there and be able to coach at the highest level.”

Williamson was a lottery pick by the Kings in 1995 and played for them until 2000 when he was traded to the Toronto Raptors. After moving to the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers, he rejoined the Kings in 2005 and finished his career with them in 2007.

The former NBA small forward was head coach at Arkansas Baptist for a season before taking the job at Central Arkansas. He led the team to a 26-62 record in those three seasons.

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