has become synonymous with the sport of track and field and with Saint Augustine University ? a Division II college located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having been the head coach of the Falcon program for 40 years, Williams has created a track and field dynasty at St. Augustine's. His most recent accomplishment came in May of 2015 as Williams became the NCAA coaching leader in track & field championships (37) when Saint Augustine's won its third consecutive Division II National Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Allendale, Michigan.
Where does this demonstration of success and the creation of a perennial powerhouse program originate from? According to Coach Williams, he credits a large portion of his winning mentality to three legendary sports figures: Dr. Leroy T. Walker, Clarence "Big House" Gaines and John McClendon. "I went to the master, Dr. Walker," Williams said. "I then went to my other best friend, Big House Gaines, because he was a demonstrated winner as well." What Williams took away from these three individuals has helped him immensely as a coach. "They didn't have a whole lot, but they were winners. I understood then it didn't take a whole lot of things, but a whole lot of love, understanding of young people, and hard work to make it happen."
It is evident that through understanding college athletes and dedicating countless hours of hard work in order to perfect his craft, Williams has been able to not only achieve continual success at the college level, but also at the highest level of track and field as well ? the Olympics. Williams was the head coach of the 2004 U.S. Men's Olympic Track and Field Team in Athens, Greece, and he also served as assistant coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team in Atlanta, Ga., where each athlete he was responsible for won a gold medal.
Although Williams has reached the pinnacle of success at every level of track and field, according to current and former athletes who have been coached by Williams, his sincerity is the characteristic that his athletes' respect most. "He's quiet, but he talks to every individual athlete. He'll give you time. He never abandons anyone," says Senesca, 23, who finished at St. Aug's last year. "That's the thing about Coach. You can always come back. He always willing to help," says Laurias Eugene.
No one really knows how many years Williams has left at St. Augustine's. But if one thing is certain, Williams will continue to implement a winning tradition and have a tremendous impact on the lives of his current and former athletes.
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