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Charlie Williams, a member of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, has coached 28 yeas at the Bible College level, including 20 years at Ozark Christian College in Joplin. Williams posted a record of 706 wins and 444 losses as a varsity men’s and women’s basketball coach. He coached the men’s varsity team at OCC for 16 years and was relieved of those duties at the end of the 2003-04 school year. He started his college coaching career at Midwest Christian College in Moore, Oklahoma and moved to Joplin before the 1985-86 school year when Midwest merged with the former Ozark Bible College. While at Ozark Christian College, William coached both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the women’s volleyball team and men’s baseball and soccer teams. Overall, he has coached varsity teams to more than 1,400 victories. His basketball teams won three men’s national championships and one women’s national title. He also led the Lady Ambassadors to a volleyball championship. He is a three-time national basketball coach of the year (National Christian College Athletic Association), a seven-time regional coach of the year and a five-time conference coach of the year. Charlie is a five-time NCCAA regional volleyball coach of the year and a two-time conference volleyball coach of the year. A member of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Charlie divided the 2005-2006 season as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Missouri Southern State University and Crowder College. Charlie graduated from Midwest Christian College in Oklahoma City, OK in 1978 with a B.A. in Christian Education. He received his Masters in Education in Community/Junior College Administration from Central State University in Edmond, OK. He served more than 20 years with the Oklahoma National Guard, retiring in 1985. Charlie and his wife, Kimberly Gayle, had three children: Charles R. Williams Jr., 24 and college senior; Trisha Gayle William, 21 and Cody Wayne William, 17, a high school senior.