Who is Monty Williams' wife Lisa? Suns head coach remarried after tragic loss of first wife

Joshua Rogers July 21, 2021
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The Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions after beating the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and head coach Monty Williams is making headlines today after delivering a moving locker room speech to his team. This is prompting fans’ curiosity about the coach’s family life – is he remarried after the tragic death of his first wife, Ingrid? Who is Williams’ second wife, Lisa?

Head coach Monty Williams has done a phenomenal job all year in getting the Suns to the Finals for the first time since 1993.

After the game, Williams went into the Bucks locker room to congratulate the organisation on their win.

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Suns head coach congratulates Bucks in locker room after Game 6 loss

The Phoenix Suns were in pole position after going 2-0 in the NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.

However, after four straight defeats Williams’ Suns lost the series.

After the game, Williams told reporters he had “never dealt with this kind of hurt as a head coach”.

As usual, though, Williams was class personified, going into the Bucks locker room to congratulate Giannis and co for their hard-earned championship.

“I just wanted to come and congratulate you guys as a man and a coach,” Williams said. “You guys deserved it. I’m thankful for the experience. You guys made me a better coach and made us a better team.”

Who is Monty Williams’ wife, Lisa Keeth?

Williams’ heartfelt tribute to the Bucks was a touching viral moment, sparking interest in his personal life. In particular, people wanted to know more about his marital life.

Monty Williams’ wife is Lisa Keeth, a reseident of San Antonio, Texas.

Although she competed for Angelo State University’s volleyball team, Keeth doesn’t quite have the hands-on sporting job as her husband Monty.

However, she is currently working as senior manager of Partnership Activation for NBA team San Antonio Spurs, whom she has worked with throughout her career.

Not much is known about the couples’ wedding, although it is believed they got married some time in 2017 after tragedy struck Monty.

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A look into Williams’ personal life and first marriage

Williams’ private life is one of recent tragedy.

His first wife, Ingrid Williams, died in 2016 aged 44 after sustaining injuries in a car accident.

Williams’ car was hit head-on by another vehicle that had crossed over the central divider, according to the Oklahoman at the time.

Following the incident, it was reported Susannah Donaldson, the woman whose car collided with Ingrid, had taken a substantial amount of methamphetamine. Susannah Donaldson also died in the accident.

Monty and his wife Ingrid had been married for more than 20 years and had five children together.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 12: Head coach Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the first half of the NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 12, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Warriors 112-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Coach Williams’ eulogy at first wife Ingrid’s funeral broke fans’ hearts

After Ingrid’s death, Monty Williams gave a eulogy at her funeral on 18 February 2016.

The service was held at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City and even today fans are touched by the words for his wife.

In his eulogy, he said: “During times like this, it’s easy to forget that because what we’ve gone through is pretty tough and it’s hard and we want an answer. We don’t always get that answer when we want it, but we can’t lose sight of the fact God loves us and that’s what my wife and that’s what I, however badly, exhibit on a daily basis. But God does love us.

“I don’t care what you’re going through. This is hard for my family, but this will work out. And my wife would punch me if I were to sit up here and whine about what’s going on. That doesn’t take away the pain. But it will work out because God causes all things to work out. You just can’t quit. You can’t give in.”

He concluded the eulogy by saying: “What we need is the Lord, and that’s what my wife tried to exhibit every single day. Now, I’m gonna close with this, and I think it’s the most important thing that we need to understand.

“Everybody’s praying for me and my family, which is right. But let us not forget that there were two people in this situation. And that family needs prayer as well.”

Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.