Monty Williams is returning to the NBA. Just over eight months after the tragic passing of his wife, the 44-year-old league veteran has joined the San Antonio Spurs’ front office as vice president of basketball operations.
The Spurs announced the news on their official website Friday afternoon.
Williams’ wife of 20 years, Ingrid, passed away on February 9 due to injuries sustained from a horrific automobile accident. The driver of the other car, who also died in the crash, was traveling at 92 miles per hour in a 40-MPH zone when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into Williams’ own head-on. According to a report obtained by The New Orleans Times-Picayune, an autopsy later revealed that Susannah Donaldson, 52, had methamphetamine in her system.
The death of Ingrid Williams rocked players, coaches, and more throughout the basketball world who had come to know her as a beloved friend and mentor since her husband began his playing career in 1993-94.
Monty Williams took a leave of absence from his post as assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder immediately following his wife’s passing. He joined Billy Donovan’s staff last season after being fired as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. As his first return to basketball normalcy in the wake of tragedy, Williams served as an assistant coach for the Team USA squad that won Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro last month.