Monty Williams is an American professional basketball coach who currently serves as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. The former basketball player was previously married to Ingrid Williams who passed away in 2016. His new wife has now been identified as Lisa Keeth.
Monty, who has a playing career that lasted for nine seasons in the NBA, is regarded as one of the brightest coaches in the league. He has twice been named National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2021 and 2022. Prior to his role with the Suns, he was an assistant coach at the Philadelphia 76ers, associate head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, head coach of the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, and assistant coach at the Portland Trail Blazers.
Profile Summary of Monty Williams
- Full Name: Tavares Montgomery Williams
- Date of Birth: October 8, 1971
- Age: 50 years old (as of 2022)
- Place of Birth: Fredericksburg, Virginia
- Ethnicity: African American
- Nationality: American
- Religion: Christian
- Education: Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland; University of Notre Dame
- Height: 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m)
- Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
- Profession: Basketball Coach
- Monty Williams Wife: Ingrid Williams (m. 1995–2016); Lisa Keeth (m. 2017)
- Children: Elijah, Micah, Janna, Lael, and Faith Williams
- Parents: Joyce and Tavares Williams
Monty Williams Lost His First Wife Ingrid in an Auto Accident in February 2016
Monty Williams was an NBA player with the New York Knicks when he married his first wife Ingrid. He was selected 24th overall in the 1994 NBA draft by the team but was unable to make any significant contribution. After about two years, Monty was shipped out to the San Antonio Spurs. He would go on to get bounced around from team to team before calling time on his career in 2003.
While the player moved from San Antonio to Denver, Orlando, and Philadelphia where he retired due to chronic knee problems, Ingrid Williams was by his side. She would always move with him from city to city, providing support on the home front while he faces his career. In 2015, Monty was hired as associate head coach of OKC Thunder and his wife moved with him to Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, this happened to be where she died as Ingrid passed away from injuries sustained in a car crash.
According to police reports, Ingrid Williams’ car was hit head-on by a vehicle that “lost control and crossed lanes”. The 44-year-old was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the vehicle, who also died in the accident, was found to have taken a substantial amount of methamphetamine.
Monty and Ingrid had been married for more than 20 years at the time and had five children.
Monty Williams’s New Wife is Lisa Keeth
Following the death of his long-time companion, the basketball coach met and fell in love with a woman identified as Lisa Keeth. The exact timeline of their relationship is not known but it is believed that they got married in 2017.
Lisa Keeth has been revealed to be a resident of San Antonio, Texas. Like Monty, she is also a sports enthusiast with an interest in volleyball and basketball. Lisa previously competed for Angelo State University’s volleyball team. Her playing days are long gone as she now serves as the senior manager of Partnership Activation for the NBA team San Antonio Spurs. She has spent most of her career with the organization in different capacities.
How Much Does Monty Williams Make?
Monty Williams receives a salary of around $3 million a year as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns. He was previously reported to be earning around $2.7 million per annum. Monty would be due for a huge pay raise in the coming years seeing what he has achieved during his time at the helm in Phoenix. If he manages to win a championship with the team, his next contract might just make him one of the highest-paid coaches in the NBA. He would have almost the same earning power as the likes of Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr, Erik Spoelstra, and Doc Rivers.
Monty Williams and his Phoenix Suns team got to the 2021 NBA Finals where they faced the Milwaukee Bucks. This was Willaims’ first appearance in the Finals although he was a coaching staff intern with the San Antonio Spurs when the team won an NBA championship in 2005. The Bucks went on to beat the Suns in six games to be crowned 2021 NBA Champions.