PREP SOCCER: Williams promoted to head Eagles boys soccer coach
COVINGTON, Ga. — Anthony Williams quickly immersed himself in Eastside High School in more ways than one. Entering only her second year as an Eagle, Williams has taken on many roles to help serve the school and its students.
The newest addition to Williams’ roster of roles is being promoted to the boys’ head college football coach. It was an opportunity that Williams accepted with great anticipation.
“When I arrived at Eastside I was welcomed with open arms,” Williams said. “I think what excites me is the opportunity to be a head coach. I’ve been a [junior varsity] head coach, but being the head coach of a university program excites me the most.
Eastside sporting director Champ Young told The Covington News about Williams’ promotion on June 21. In fact, Williams is being promoted to a position previously held by Young since 2012.
As a season-long assistant, Young believes Williams’ familiarity with the Eagles program will pay huge dividends during the transition period.
“Continuity with the children was an important factor [in our decision]”, Young said. “He is also very methodical in the way he approaches the level of acuity of the coaches. He has a love for the game. But it was very important for us to have some continuity with the going to a new building and having a coaching change, he brings a lot to the table.
Williams is a product of Union Grove High School in McDonough where he graduated as part of the class of 2010. There he was a starter for three years for the Wolverines football team and was a lineman 4 star defense.
After graduating from high school, Williams received an athletic scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and was a member of the Yellow Jackets football program for four years.
Williams earned a degree in business administration before leaving The Flats.
Now, although Williams himself has no footballing experience at any level, he brings vast knowledge of the sport throughout his time as a coach.
In addition to his year of service as Young’s varsity assistant last season, Williams served as a varsity assistant for Locust Grove High School for four and a half years. He was also the junior head coach at Locust Grove University for its men’s soccer program.
Throughout his football coaching career, Williams has considered one commonality when it comes to running a successful football program.
“I think a lot of the things I plan to implement are communication,” Williams said. “When guys communicate, everything starts to flow together. I think communication on the football field, or any field, contributes to success. Not only on the pitch, but also off the pitch. Make sure everyone is on one page of not just the goal, but also the plan to achieve that goal. »
Not only does Williams believe his time as a varsity assistant and junior varsity head coach helped him prepare, he credited his relationship with Young as a benefactor for helping run the Eagles program.
“It was an amazing opportunity to be with [Young] last year,” Williams said. “How he relates to the players, it was amazing how kids at every level had so much respect for him and still do. He set a great example as a head coach on and off the pitch .
Additionally, Williams pointed out that the fact that Young is sticking around as athletic director played a huge role in his decision to say “yes” to the promotion opportunity.
However, being the head varsity boys football coach is just one of the many responsibilities Williams will take on in the 2022-23 school year.
Williams will serve as the varsity football team’s defensive line coach and junior varsity football head coach. Outside of sports, Williams is also Eastside’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisor while teaching the business technology course.
But when predicting what next year will look like for Eastside boys’ football, Williams said he wanted to send out a ‘reminder’ on the success of the scheme.
“You want to be part of a big competition and compete against the best,” Williams said. “And this year it won’t be a rebuild, but more of a reminder of what Eastside football is capable of. There is a new head coach, but we still want Eastside to be consolidated as the one of the best programs, not only in the state, but in the country.