Williams said Preston, who took a temporary leave of absence from the program earlier this week, will be courtside once he gets his health and personal issues in line. Williams also said that he has been in constant contact with Preston and expects him back sooner than later.
“It could be a week, it could be two weeks,” Williams said. “Right now, we just want him to take the time he needs to get things straight.”
Sources close to the program told the Journal that Preston has lost control of the team, but Williams disagreed with the idea.
“I don’t see it that way,” he said. “We had a good team meeting over the last couple of days and they were kind of blown away when they found out what’s been happening.”
To that point, Williams was direct when asked if Preston would be his coach next season.
“Yes,” Williams said.
Kennesaw State is the first head-coaching job for the 43-year-old Preston, and he was the first signature hire Williams made when he became athletic director at the university.
Preston is 9-67 (a .118 winning percentage) in his first 2½ seasons at the helm, and only six of those victories have come against Division I programs. Over the same time frame, the Owls are 2-36 in Atlantic Sun Conference play.
Associate head coach Jimmy Lallathin is serving as the interim coach in Preston’s absence. In its first game without Preston, Kennesaw State dropped a 71-55 decision to East Tennessee on Saturday, falling to 3-13 overall and 0-3 in the A-Sun.