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Starzz Coach Fred Williams Resigns

July 7, 2001

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Fred Williams resigned as head coach of the Utah Starzz on Friday, saying only that it was ``time for a change.″

Williams, who had a 36-37 record with the Starzz, left the team immediately.

Williams made the announcement at a news conference two hours before Utah was scheduled to play the Cleveland Rockers. He said he was not pressured to quit and that it was his decision to leave the team.

``It was time to look at other avenues and kind of walk away right now,″ said Williams, who led the Starzz to an 18-14 record last year, the team’s first winning season.

Utah has lost three straight games and has a record of 5-8 entering Friday’s game against the Rockers.

Williams’ replacement was not immediately announced. Assistant coach Candi Harvey was to coach Friday night’s game.

Williams took over as head coach in June 1999 after working as an assistant coach under Frank Layden.

Williams coached the Southern California women for two years (1995-97). His 1996-97 team had a 20-9 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Harvey’s reaction to Williams’ resignation was ``total shock.″

``This has all happened within the past hour,″ Harvey said. ``It’s going to be hard to go out and play tonight.″

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