This is Coach Williams' sixth season at Penn State Beaver.
A New Brighton native, he led New Brighton High School to the WPIAL AA championship game in 1997. He was selected as a WPIAL Section 2 AA All-Conference basketball player for three years at New Brighton High School and also received an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection in football in 1998.
After high school, Williams went on to star at La Roche College (Pittsburgh, PA) as a four-year starter and a three-year All-Conference selection for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). He finished his career at La Roche as the third all-time leading scorer with 1,364 points and second all-time leading rebounder with 515 rebounds. In 2001-2002 Williams was named to the NCAA Division III Honorable Mention Pre-Season All-American Team. After graduating from La Roche with a degree in criminal justice, Williams began his coaching career there.
Williams served as an assistant to Head Coach Scott Lang, La Roche College’s all-time leader in wins, for two seasons. During that time he was in charge of post-player development, recruiting, film exchange, and other aspects of the program. During the 2003-2004 season, Williams assisted La Roche to its first-ever AMCC Conference Championship with an overtime victory over Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD).
Following his 2003-2004 championship season at La Roche, Williams accepted the head coaching position at Penn State Beaver where he also works as an admissions recruiter. At Beaver he inherited a team that had a record of 3-22 the previous year.
While at Beaver, Williams has recruited seven All-Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) players as well as two United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-Americans - Zach Fetchin in 2007 and 2008 and Anthony Houghton in 2008. Fetchin was also named the 2008 PSUAC Player of the Year.
With his continued recruitment and coaching success, Williams has built Beaver’s men’s basketball program into a national competitor.
In 2008-2009 Williams led Beaver to a 24-7 record. Notable victories included wins over NCAA Division III schools Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA) and Franciscan University (Steubenville, OH) for the first time in Beaver's history. The Lions went on to capture the PSUAC West Division Title as well as the PSUAC Conference Championship with an 86-70 win over Penn State Hazleton at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park.
Beaver had another record year in 2009-2010. Williams led them to their second consecutive 20-win season and their first #1 USCAA top 20 ranking. The season was the second consecutive season that the Nittany Lions won the PSUAC Conference championship, 91-68, against Penn College (Williamsport, PA).
Individual awards came along as well during the championship season. Zach Fethin was named PSUAC Co-Player of the year and First-Team USCAA All American. Williams was named PSUAC Coach of the Year for the second time in two years.
In addition to coaching, Williams is a full-time member of the Admissions Office and serves as the liaison between that office and the Athletic Department. His responsibilities include recruitment for the entire Beaver campus athletic program.
Assistant Coach Slappy is the elder statesman of the coaching staff and is in his fifth year as a coach.
Slappy is known as the “Mayor of Beaver County.” Well-known and well-liked by his peers, Slappy was a member of one of the best high school programs in Pennsylvania. A 1980 graduate of Midland High School (Midland, PA), he helped to lead his team to a WPIAL championship.
After high school Slappy played for legendary former Penn State Beaver Head Coach Eldon Price for one season, then received an athletic scholarship to Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA) where he helped to lead the Pioneers to the NAIA Division I National Tournament in both his junior and senior years.
Upon graduating, Slappy had an opportunity to participate in several professional basketball tryouts and began a career as a commentator for local sporting events, then went on to host his own talk show in Austin, TX.
When he returned to Beaver County, Slappy begin coaching at Beaver Falls High School under Coach Rev. Lance Whitlock. After several years at the high school level, Slappy joined the Beaver campus coaching staff.
Slappy plays a significant role in recruiting at Beaver. Head coach Marcess Williams notes that "Slappy is an amazing guy with a tremendous personality! He loves to get out and meet new people, and that's part of the reason why he's such a good recruiter.”
Coach Rea is in his third year as an assistant coach at Penn State Beaver. A 1997 graduate of New Brighton High School, Rea was a high school teammate of Head Coach Marcess Williams. He lettered in basketball and was an All-Conference baseball player at New Brighton.
After graduating, Rea received a scholarship to play baseball for the Titans of Community College of Beaver County where he received his associate degree. He continued his education and received a bachelor's degree in secondary education (history focus) from Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock, PA).
Rea is in charge of player development, recruitment, and film breakdown at Beaver. “Rea is a tireless worker and very dedicated to the program. He probably studies the game more than anyone I've ever met. He's been a tremendous addition to our staff and has a lot to do with our recent success. I truly believe he'll make a great head coach one day soon,” Williams said.
Rea is also an assistant coach on the Beaver Falls High School baseball staff and is employed by the PA Cyber School. Prior to arriving at Beaver campus, he served as assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Rochester High School.
Rea is enrolled in the Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum program at Beaver.
Coach Bill Mahan is in his third year as an assistant coach at Penn State Beaver where he also served as an assistant coach in 1999.
Mahan has more than 25 years of high school and college coaching experience and was head coach at New Brighton High School, Rochester High School, and Lincoln High School (Ellwood City, PA). He also served as an assistant coach at New Brighton High School and the Community College of Beaver County.
Throughout the years Mahan has coached athletes of very high caliber. At Rochester High School, he coached current Penn State football wide receiver Derrick Moye who played for Coach Joe Paterno. While at New Brighton High School, he coached Chris Pipkin (Eastern Michigan University basketball scholarship), Gabe Jackson (Robert Morris University basketball scholarship), Vaughn Mosley, and Willie Murray (Kent State University football scholarships).
In 1997 Mahan led New Brighton High School to the WPIAL AA Championship game where they were upset by Quaker Valley High School (Sewickley, PA). During that time Mahan coached both Coach Rea and Coach Williams. WIlliams noted that "Coach Mahan has been one of the most influential basketball minds during all my years of playing and coaching basketball. He's great! He understands the game and, most importantly, he’s a great teacher. He has really elevated the staff, and the guys love him."
Mahan is a graduate of Kent State University and also works for First Energy. He and his wife, Susie, live in New Brighton, PA.