BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent
Pickens County will un- dergo changes at the top, as former Tornadoes coach James ompson accepted the head coaching job at Carver-Montgomery this summer. Williams came back to Pickens County in the spring, where he was serving as a volunteer coach, but once there was a vacancy, he decided to in- terview for the head coach- ing job.
Williams is a 2008 Pick- ens County graduate and played for Nick Saban and Alabama, where he won three national champion- ships and caught a touch- down pass from A.J. Mc- Carron in the 2012 BCS National Championship against Notre Dame.
Williams was rehabbing an ACL injury the past sea- son and was re-signed by the Patriots in March, but was later cut from the team in May.
“I guess they didn’t like the way the knee was re- sponding (to the rehab),” Williams said. “I took time to think about my next step. I had a couple calls, but nothing that really interested me, so I knew bascially football was over for me. I came back home just to be around family and went to a practice at
Pickens County and a er ve minutes I knew what I wanted to do next.”
PCHS standout said he is excited to be back home doing something he is passionate about, which is football.
“It means the world to me. It’s the only job I would’ve taken at this mo- ment,” Williams said. “Re- form holds a special place in my heart. It’s where I be- came the player that I came to be and it is an honor to be able to coach this team and serve this community.”
Tornadoes are com- ing o back-to-back seasons where they have appeared in the state championship, but came up short in 2017 against Sweet Water and in 2016 against Maplesville.
“Once you get that taste (of playing in the champi- onship) and you feel that defeat a er a 15-game sea- son and to come away with nothing , it adds a little extra (motivation),” Wil- liams said. “I’m very excit- ed about this team. ey’ve been hungry ever since I got the job and have been working hard. I’m just try- ing to instill the discipline that it takes to win that championship.”
See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.