After winning the Coach of the Year award we find out more about Monty Williams’ wife Lisa as well as his first marriage, to Ingrid Williams.
Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has been voted National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for a second consecutive time.
Coach Williams led the Suns to a 64-18 record, the best in the NBA and a new Suns franchise record for most wins in a season. They also became the first team in NBA history to increase their win total by at least 11 games in three consecutive seasons.
Phoenix head coach thanks players and coaching staff
The league will officially announce the NBA’s Coach of the Year winner later in the playoffs.
“I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be recognised by my peers and receive the Michael H Goldberg Coach of the Year Award,” Williams said.
“Individual accolades are a result of team success. My name gets attached to this award but the success of our team is due to the work put in every day by our players, coaching staff and every member of the Suns organisation.
“I am so grateful for each one of our players and staff. It is a blessing and a joy to interact with you all every day. I thank you for making this such a special season for our organisation and for our fans – and also for me and my family.”
Who is Monty Williams’ wife, Lisa Keeth?
Winning the award sparked an interest in his personal life. In particular, people wanted to know more about his marital life, especially because Monty’s family surprised him with the award:
Monty Williams’ wife is Lisa Keeth, a resident of San Antonio, Texas.
Although she competed for Angelo State University’s volleyball team, Lisa 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.
Not much is known about the couples’ wedding, although it is believed they married in 2017.
Williams’ first marriage ended in tragedy
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, as reported by the Oklahoman.
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.
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. Even today, fans are touched by his words.
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, 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 we need to understand.
“Everybody’s praying for me and my family, which is right. But let us not forget there were two people in this situation – and that family needs prayer as well.”
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