Sam Williams

Inducted: 1988

Best Known For: Coaching Basketball


He put Pan Am basketball on the national map by leading the Broncs to the NAIA championship in 1963 and posted four 20-win campaigns in 15 years at the helm.

The court in the UTPA Field House bears the name of Sam Williams, the winningest coach in program history, who came to the Valley in 1959 and led the way until 1973. Williams guided the Broncs to 11 winning seasons, including the title team and the 1964 unit that advanced to the national finals before losing.

The man who won 244 lifetime games at Pan Am was named the national Coach of the Year in 1963 and established the Broncs as a national power, with 79 wins from 1961 to 1964.

In 2010 he returned to the Field House for a reunion of the 1963 champs, as the crowd cheered for the “Father of Bronc Basketball” once again.