Tanzania "Tangy" Williams was named Ohio State' s director of operations in May 2008 and is now in her fourth season with the Buckeyes in 2011-12.
Williams came back to Columbus after serving as the assistant to the commissioner of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in New Haven, Conn., joining the conference office staff in July of 2007. Williams handled numerous duties including the budget, scheduling, tournament organization and assisted with the Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and CHAMPS/Life-Skills programs.
Prior to her stint at the CACC, Williams served as director of basketball operations at Virginia for three seasons where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the program. Her duties included, but were not limited to, organizing travel plans, scheduling community service events, film exchange and the supervision of team managers. In addition, she scheduled community outreach programs, speaking engagements and interviews for the players and staff.
Williams spent the 2003-04 season serving as an assistant to the director of operations for the Buckeyes, working under Foster. OSU finished the season at 21-10 and advanced to the NCAA' s second round. For the Buckeyes, Williams coordinated film exchange, broke down game film and created scouting videos.
In 2000, Williams received a M.B.A. from Clark Atlanta University before receiving her bachelor' s degree in 1995 in fashion & marketing from Bowling Green State University. A four-year letterwinner from 1991-94, she helped the Falcon women' s basketball team to two Mid-American Conference championships and two NCAA tournament appearances.
Prior to her time at Ohio State and Virginia, Williams spent almost five years in the business world at National Cash Register in Atlanta, and the Otis Elevator Company and the Doneger Group in New York. She also has been working for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions in New Haven, Conn., since August 2007.
A Dayton, Ohio, native, Williams comes from a family of basketball players and is a member of the Chaminade-Julienne High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Her brother, Mike, played basketball at Miami University. Her sister, Tiffany, played at North Carolina A&T in addition to her other sister, Tamika, a former player at Connecticut, former assistant coach at Ohio State and a current member of the WNBA' s Connecticut Sun.
2008-pres: Director of Basketball Operations, Ohio State
2007-08: Assistant to the Commissioner, Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
2004-07: Director of Basketball Operations, Virginia
2003-04: Assistant to the Director of Operations, Ohio State
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