Seymour’s Williams honored on Silver Anniversary Team


Amber Holle Williams has been honored numerous times for her basketball accomplishments in high school and college, but she said the honor she received Saturday night stands at the top of her list.

Williams was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary Team during a banquet Saturday night in Indianapolis. She was one of 18 women who graduated from an Indiana high school in 1997 named to the Silver Anniversary Team.

“It’s really amazing to be here with all these people that I’ve not seen in 25 years,” she said. “It has been really fun spending time with teammates and with former coaches. Sull (Donna Sullivan) was with us, too, and I know this was one of her favorite times of the year. So it has been very special, and it’s also great to share it with my four girls and my husband, and all of our family is up here and we have friends up here, too. It has been a really fun day, and we look forward to the evening, too.”

The newly inducted hall of famers and the silver anniversary team members attended a reception at the Hall of Fame in New Castle on Saturday afternoon.

“We made sure when we walked through the Hall of Fame today that we looked at all the Seymour people’s plaques, like Erika McCoy, Julie VonDielingen and Teri Moren, and we saw Bud Shippee on there, too, so yes, we made sure that we saw all the Seymour tradition,” Williams said.

Williams was a four-year starter at Seymour High School for Hall of Fame coach Sullivan. Williams was a four-time all-sectional, four-time all-South Central Conference and four-time all-area selection.

She was a 1997 Indiana All-Star after being named a junior all-star the previous season. She graduated second on the all-time point list with 1,210 points and had 351 assists and 619 rebounds during her career.

“The thing I remember the most are the memories with my teammates, coach Sullivan being such a good example and watching out for all of us,” she said. “We had lots of highs and lows with team things. We just had a great time and worked really hard. It was just fun being a part of the Seymour Lady Owls program.”

She was named the school’s outstanding female athlete in 1997 after lettering in volleyball, basketball and track. Williams averaged 20.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game as a senior.

“My senior year, we lost to Brownstown in the sectional championship in overtime,” Williams said.

After graduating from SHS, she went to New Mexico State University, where she played basketball for two years. Then she transferred to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she also played basketball for two years.

She played in 49 games at New Mexico and 57 games at IUPUI and scored 962 points in 106 career games. She averaged 12.9 points per game her junior year and 15.4 her senior year.

Williams set IUPUI records with 25 consecutive free throws made, single-game 3-pointers (6-6) and single-game free throws (12-12) and graduated third in career free throw percentage (81%) and third in career 3-point shooting percentage (44%).

Williams began her basketball coaching at Trinity Lutheran High School, where she coached the Cougars for four years. She then coached the eighth grade team at Jennings County Middle School.

She has been the youth coordinator for the Seymour girls basketball program for seven years and is beginning her fifth year in the Seymour Community School Corp. system.

“I’m in charge of the youth program,” she said. “I take care of our travel teams. I help with summer camp, any of the clinics that we have. We have a group that is going to Hanover College this summer, so I kind of get all that together, anything that’s involving the youth program and the offseason things and then during the season, too. I’ve coached my kids’ travel teams, I coached the Immanuel fifth grade this past year and I’ll probably coach at Immanuel this coming year.”

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