Terri Williams-Flournoy | Head Coach
Terri Williams-Flournoy -- “Coach Flo” -- enters her seventh season as Auburn’s head coach in 2018-19. Hired on April 2, 2012, she is the sixth head coach in program history. The 2018-19 sesaon will be her 27th year overall in college coaching - her 15th as a head coach along with 12 as an assistant.
In six seasons, Coach Flo has a 102-91 record as Auburn’s head coach and a 245-195 mark in 14 overall seasons as a head coach - six years at Auburn and eight seasons at Georgetown. Known for her full-court pressure defense, Coach Flo’s Auburn teams have averaged forcing more than 20 turnovers per game in her tenure, consistently among the SEC and national leaders in numerous defensive categories.
The 2017-18 season saw the Tigers’ defense once again stand tall among the nation’s best, ranking third in the nation in steals per game (13.2) and third in turnovers forced per game (22.9). Auburn finished 14-15 overall in Coach Flo’s sixth season, but laid a foundation for what promises to be an exciting 2018-19 season.
Coach Flo’s fifth year at Auburn and 25th year of coaching saw the Tigers make their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016-17 - the first back-to-back NCAA trips for Auburn since 2008 and 2009 - and finish 17-15 overall. The Tigers picked up some monumental wins, including a home victory over Tennessee, and fought their way back from deficits of 17 points three times during the season. Auburn also achieved its first national ranking in eight years, climbing to No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 in late November.
The 2015-16 season was a banner year for Coach Flo’s Tigers as Auburn made its return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, advancing to the second round. The Tigers finished with a 20-13 record and picked up a pair of wins over nationally ranked opponents, defeating No. 7 Kentucky 66-61 on Jan. 3 and taking down No. 16 Florida 80-58 on Feb. 14.
After finishing 8-8 in the SEC regular-season standings to tie for seventh in the league, Auburn earned a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament and traveled to Waco, Texas, for the first and second rounds. The Tigers took down St. John’s 68-57 in the first round before falling host Baylor in the second round. In Coach Flo’s fourth season, she picked up her 200th career head coaching victory when the Tigers downed East Carolina on Dec. 5.
In her first season at Auburn, she led the Tigers to 19 wins, the most in four years, and an appearance in the Women’s NIT quarterfinals. Auburn set a school record with 402 steals during the 2012-13 season while forcing 701 turnovers, a mark that ranks second all-time on The Plains.
Known for her defense, Williams-Flournoy made an immediate impact on the team in her first season as the Tigers finished the year ranked second in the SEC and 15th nationally with 11.8 steals per game. Three Auburn players finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the SEC and top 250 in the country in steals per game.
Williams-Flournoy became the first Auburn women’s basketball coach ever to lead her team to the post-season in their first year. Additionally, after the team’s season-opening 71-41 win over Maine, she became just the second AU women’s basketball coach to win their first game as head coach.
Year two saw Coach Flo’s team again lead the SEC in steals (10.4/game) while winning 19 games for the second-straight year. The Tigers forced opponents into 659 turnovers in 2013-14, bringing the two-year total under Coach Flo to 1,360 turnovers forced, an average of 20 per game. Behind this defensive pressure, the Tigers earned a berth in the WNIT for the second year in a row, advancing to the third round.
A 25-year coaching veteran, Williams-Flournoy came to Auburn after leading Georgetown to a four-year run from 2008-12 that was the most successful period in the program’s history, while posting an overall mark of 143-104 during her eight-year tenure. In her last four seasons, the Hoyas were 93-41, advancing to the NCAA tournament in 2010, 2011, and 2012, while making a Sweet 16 appearance in 2011. They were a WNIT quarterfinalist in 2009.
Prior to her arrival at Georgetown, she was a successful assistant for 12 years at Southwest Missouri State (2002-04), Georgia (1996-2002) and Georgetown (1992-96), posting a record of 251-116. During her coaching career, Williams-Flournoy has been a part of three programs that have made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including five that advanced to the Sweet 16 or beyond.
She was part of a Georgia program that advanced to the 1999 Final Four and Elite Eight in 1997 and 2000. In 2011-12, Williams-Flournoy’s Hoyas advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 23-9 record, while finishing fourth in the Big EAST. Georgetown defeated two top-ten teams, beating No. 10 Georgia and No. 7 Miami, and finished the regular season ranked 17th nationally. That season the Hoyas entered NCAA Tournament play ranked sixth nationally in field goal percentage defense and eighth in the country in scoring defense.
Junior Sugar Rodgers was a unanimous first-team All-Big EAST selection and was an honorable mention All-America selection. Williams-Flournoy helped Georgetown return to the Sweet 16 in 2010-11 posting an overall record of 24-11 and a mark of 9-7 in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas defeated five ranked teams, including Tennessee, and were ranked in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Polls for the entire year, at one point reaching No. 11 on the AP Poll and No. 12 on the ESPN/USA Today Poll. Georgetown finished the season with an RPI of 12, as well as being ranked 23rd and 14th on the AP and the ESPN/USA Today Polls, respectively.
The Hoyas tied for seventh in league play and earned their second-consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament where the Hoyas advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in program history. Georgetown fell in the Round of 16 to Connecticut, 68-63, despite leading almost the entire game.
During the summer of 2011, Williams-Flournoy was named an assistant coach for Team USA for the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. The team won a gold medal in competition.
In 2009-10, she led the Hoyas to a 26-7 overall record and finished second in BIG EAST conference play with a 13-3 mark. Georgetown posted a 16-game win streak during the season and spent 12 weeks in the national rankings. The Hoyas earned the program’s second bid to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round. The Hoyas led the nation in turnover margin (+8.12) in 2009-10 with a fast-paced tempo and also ranked third in steals per game (12.9).
Individual honors followed with two players earning All-BIG EAST, a BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and an Honorable Mention All-America award. Williams-Flournoy was also named the Coach of the Year by the Black Coaches Association.
The previous season, Williams-Flournoy led the Hoyas to a 20-14 overall record and the program’s first 20-win season since 1992-93. The Hoyas had an impressive run through the WNIT advancing to the quarterfinals and going further than any team had advanced in postseason play in the program’s history.
Williams-Flournoy took over the Georgetown program on Aug. 27, 2004, becoming just the sixth women’s basketball head coach in school history.
During her two seasons as an assistant at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State), Williams-Flournoy was a part of two-straight NCAA Tournaments and two-consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championships. The 2003-04 team finished the season with a 28-4 record and won the regular-season MVC Championship.
At Georgia, Williams-Flournoy was recruiting coordinator for the program during a time when Georgia made six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. During Williams-Flournoy’s tenure, the Bulldogs won SEC titles in 1997 and 2000, the SEC Tournament in 2001 and produced seven WNBA players.
Williams-Flournoy’s four-year stint at Georgetown as an assistant saw the Hoyas achieve great success in her first season (1992-93), as Georgetown earned a BIG EAST Championship and its first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament, finishing the year with a 23-7 overall mark, advancing to the Sweet 16.
Williams-Flournoy was responsible for all aspects of recruiting and scouting along with conditioning, game planning and academic monitoring.
A 1991 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in business management, Williams-Flournoy was a four-year letterwinner player for the Lady Lions under former coach Rene Portland.
Penn State won the Atlantic 10 Conference championship in each of Williams-Flournoy’s last two seasons as a player and was a participant in the NCAA Tournament in three of Williams-Flournoy’s four seasons. In 1988, 1990 and 1991 Williams-Flournoy and the Lady Lions advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and in 1991, Penn State was ranked No. 1 in the country.
Williams-Flournoy is the sister of basketball guru Boo Williams of Hampton, Va. She and her husband, Eric, have a daughter, Maya, and a son, Eric, Jr