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Pat Williams is the senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, a motivational speaker and former Minor League baseball player. Williams—born May 3, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania--was raised in Wilmington, Delaware.


Baseball career

Pat spent seven years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. The first two were as a catcher for the Miami Marlins when that was a minor league team in the Florida State League. Following that stint, Williams worked in the front office for five years. He also spent three years in the Minnesota Twins organization. Since 1968, he has been affiliated with NBA teams in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia—including the 1983 World Champion 76ers--and now the Orlando Magic which he co-founded in 1986 and helped lead to the NBA Finals in 1995. Twenty-three of his teams have gone to the NBA playoffs and five have made the NBA Finals. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history by a national publication.

Basketball Management

In his NBA career, he has traded Pete Maravich, traded for Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Penny Hardaway, and won four NBA draft lotteries, including back-to-back winners in 1992 and 1993 and most recently in 2004. He also drafted Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney and Darryl Dawkins. Williams signed Billy Cunningham, Chuck Daly, and Matt Guokas to their first professional coaching contracts. Nineteen of his former players have become NBA head coaches.


Pat and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations. Pat and his previous wife, Jill, were divorced in 1996.

Motivational Speaker

Williams is also a motivational speaker. He has addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits. Clients include AllState, American Express, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Lockheed Martin, Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Tyson Foods to name a few.

Williams is the author of 55 books, including his latest title, EXTREME DREAMS DEPEND ON TEAMS. He hosts three weekly radio shows broadcast in Orlando, FL.

Williams has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, The Wall Street Journal, Focus on the Family, New Man, The Maury Povich Show and Dr. Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power.

Also motivated Captain Chompers on 1560 the game to read more books everyday. Also told Captain Chompers what will happen to him when he turns 18: work at McDonalds or Wal-Mart, go to college, or join the military, Captain Chompers was thrilled with those choices.

Fantasy Camps

Every winter, he plays in Major League Fantasy Camps and has caught Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Gibson, Fergie Jenkins, Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry, Phil Niekro, and Tom Seaver.


Williams earned his bachelors degree at Wake Forest University, and his master’s degree at Indiana University. He has a doctorate in Humane Letters from Flagler College.


He is a member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame after catching for the Deacon baseball team, including the 1962 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship team. He was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in 2001.


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