WILLIAM SMALL | ASSISTANT COACH
William Small, who has 22 years of college coaching experience, is in his third season as an assistant coach at Iowa State.
In his first two seasons in Ames, Iowa State has compiled 47 wins and a pair of upper-half finishes in the Big 12 Conference, including a second-place finish in 2016-17. The Cyclones have advanced to the NCAA Tournament both seasons, while also winning the Big 12 Tournament in 2017.
The 2016-17 Cyclone team continued Iowa State's tradition of being one of the nation's top offensive teams, finishing No. 11 nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency while averaging 80.8 points per game (28th nationally). The Cyclones continued to shoot the ball at a high clip, connecting on a Big 12-best 344 three-pointers, which also ranked 11th nationally. ISU concluded the season ranked No. 16 in the final Associated Press Top-25 poll.
Iowa State's student-athletes have received no shortage of attention during Small's tenure with players being recognized nine times in two seasons, a total which ties for the most in the Big 12 in that time. Georges Niang and Monté Morris both earned All-America honors, with Niang also receiving the Karl Malone Award in 2016, a recognition bestowed annually to the nation's top power forward.
Small's first two seasons have also seen the Cyclones record a number of memorable wins. In addition to the Big 12 Tournament title, Iowa State won at No. 3 Kansas in 2017, snapping the Jayhawks' 51-game win streak at Allen Fieldhouse. The 2015-16 team beat No. 1 Oklahoma for the school's second-ever win against a top-ranked foe. In total, Iowa State has posted four wins against top-10 teams the last two seasons.
Prior to coming to Iowa State, Small spent four seasons coaching with Steve Prohm at Murray State. Before joining the MSU staff, Small spent the 2010-11 season under former Iowa State head coach Tim Floyd at UTEP.
Small and Prohm’s relationship dates back to their days coaching with former MSU coach and current Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy at Southeastern Louisiana. The group revived a struggling program and won back-to-back Southland Conference titles and the school’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Small played an integral part in the Racers’ success in his four seasons at the school, helping them to a 104-29 record and three postseason berths.
In his first season in Murray, the Racers went 31-2 and spent 13 weeks in the national polls, rising as high as No. 10. MSU raced out to a 23-0 start and were the nation’s last undefeated team. The Racers earned a No. 6 seed and beat Colorado State in the NCAA Tournament. The 31 wins were an Ohio Valley Conference record and the Racers were the nation’s only team to go undefeated in road games (13-0).
Murray State won at least 20 games in each of his seasons as an assistant coach, which included posting a 29-6 mark in 2014-15. The Racers finished the conference season 16-0 and reached the NIT Quarterfinals.
Small was an assistant coach at Western Kentucky in 2004-05, when the Hilltoppers finished 22-9 and made the NIT.
The Winona, Mississippi, native has had coaching stints at Cowley Community College (1995-97), Alabama-Huntsville (1997-98), UT-Martin (1999-00), Troy (2005-06), Tulane (2006-07) and Georgia State (2007-10) in addition to his stops at Murray State, Southeastern Louisiana and UTEP.
Small recruited former Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and 2008 first-round NBA draft pick Courtney Lee to Western Kentucky. He coached All-Americans Isaiah Canaan and Cameron Payne at Murray State. Canaan was a second-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and Payne was a first-round selection in the 2015 draft.
Small's total number of NBA Draft picks rose to six in 2017 when Morris joined Niang and Abdel Nader as Cyclones selected in the last two drafts.
Small played collegiately at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1993.
Small and his wife, Paula, have a daughter, Chiya.