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Williams retires from Lady Tops play-by-play after 33 seasons

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Longtime Lady Topper Basketball play-by-play announcer Barry
Williams has announced his retirement after 33 seasons with the program, a tenure
that saw WKU reach lofty heights in women’s basketball with three Final Four
appearances and a national championship game appearance in 1992.

Barry Williams is pictured during a NCAA men’s basketball game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs the Belmont Bruins on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Curb Event Center in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

Williams, among the longest-tenured radio announcers in the nation for women’s
basketball, reached a major milestone in his final season with the program as he
called his 1,000th career game in a 96-32 victory over Alabama A&M in the 2016-17
season opener. Prior to WKU’s game against Indiana on Nov. 19, Williams was honored
in a ceremony recognizing his achievements over the course of his career.

Among the highlights of Williams’ career are 12 conference tournament championships,
19 NCAA Tournament appearances, the lone 30-win season (2014-15) in either men’s or
women’s basketball in WKU history and Lillie Mason’s legendary last-second shot to
defeat Texas inside E.A. Diddle Arena in the 1985 NCAA Tournament. In Williams’ 33
seasons with the team, the Lady Toppers posted a 755-314 (70.6 percent) overall
record on the court.

Overall, the Lady Toppers won 20 or more games in 26 of Williams’ 33 seasons,
including each of the last five seasons under Head Coach Michelle Clark-Heard. For
the first time in program history, the Lady Toppers have posted three straight
27-win seasons in their three most recent campaigns.

During his time with WKU, Williams interviewed countless Lady Topper legends,
including former head coach Paul Sanderford and All-Americans Clemette Haskins,
Crystal Kelly, Alexis Govan, Chastity Gooch and Kendall Noble. In total, WKU had 14
players recognized as All-Americans by various organizations during Williams’
tenure.

Not only known for his in-game work, Williams was also the longtime host of WKU’s
weekly coach’s show throughout the season hosted by local establishments in Bowling
Green and the surrounding area.

A nationwide search under the direction of Chris Bloomfield, General Manager of
Hilltopper IMG Sports Marketing, will begin immediately for Williams’ replacement on
the sidelines.

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