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Cummings alum Williamson joins Michigan staff

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Former Cummings athlete Drew Williamson has joined the men’s basketball staff at Michigan, following newly-hired coach Dusty May from Florida Atlantic.

Williamson is listed as assistant coach/director of player development with the Wolverines.

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“Working, and learning, from him over the last three years has been a blessing,” Williamson said of May in a statement. “As a fan of the Big Ten, I fully understand the importance of the Wolverines and the significance of the block M in the world of college sports. The league has an unparalleled reputation and prestige. I look forward to bringing my passion for the game and love for developing outstanding young men to the program.”

Williamson was on the Florida Atlantic staff for three seasons, going with the Owls to the 2023 Final Four in Houston.

Williamson heads to Michigan along with former Florida Atlantic staffer Kyle Church, who went to high school in Durham and the son of Duke women’s soccer coach Robbie Church.

Michigan, which fired Juwan Howard in March after an 8-24 record, also hired former Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton Jr., Saint Mary’s assistant coach Justin Joyner, and ex-Florida Atlantic staffer Akeem Miskdeen, who most recently had been an assistant at Florida and Georgia, for the new coaching staff.

At Cummings, Williamson was part of two state championship basketball teams and a highly recruited football quarterback, who was selected as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2003. He went on to play basketball at Old Dominion, where he was a point guard and appeared in a program-record 130 games.

He’s the older brother of Southeast Alamance boys’ basketball coach Bo Williamson.

Florida Atlantic was nationally ranked for much of the past season. The Owls made it back to the NCAA Tournament, losing to Northwestern in the first round to finish with a 25-9 record.

Florida Atlantic hired John Jakus, who had been associate head coach at Baylor, to replace May.

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