Alex Williams returns home, ready to lead Aberdeen Bulldogs
Updated: Apr 21, 2019
Coaching carousels bring new faces to new towns each year, but Aberdeen has chosen a familiar face to lead its football program into the future.
Alex Williams played football for the Bulldogs in 1997 and 1998 before transferring to Hatley to finish his high school career. Williams then got his start in the coaching business on staff at Aberdeen under head coach Chris Duncan before serving as offensive coordinator on Mark Bray's staff. Now that the head coaching position has been vacated by Eric Spann, Williams is returning to the banks of the Tombigbee River to take the reigns of the Aberdeen program.
"Aberdeen is home to me," Williams said. "I went to school there, played there, and it's where I got my start in coaching. When the opportunity presented itself, I felt it was time for me to go back home and try to build something special there."
Returning to Aberdeen is special for Williams who believes he has been given an opportunity to help shape the character of his players.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge of molding young men in a community that I grew up in," Williams said.
After coaching at Aberdeen from 2009 to 2014, Williams took a year off from coaching before returning to the sideline on the staff of Chris Chambless at West Point in the spring of 2015. After serving on that staff and being a part of three state titles, Williams believes that he is ready to lead a program of his own to success.
"Working at West Point was truly a blessing for me," Williams said. "I've learned a lot during my time at West Point. Coach Chambless empowered all the coaches working under him and prepared all of us to become head coaches. He is a resource of knowledge I am glad I have."
Having also worked under two head coaches at Aberdeen, Williams believes that those experiences helped prepare him for his new role as a head coach.
"One thing I've learned from Coach Duncan and Coach Bray is to surround yourself with good people, and the rest will work itself out," Williams said.
As far as taking the helm at Aberdeen, Williams knows that the Bulldogs have work to do before the season rolls around and has established some goals for 2019.
"First, to become a lot tougher mentally and physically," Williams said. "Also to instill some discipline that will aid us during tough times throughout the season and in tight ballgames. Lastly, we have a lot of holes to fill from a talented group of seniors from last year's team."
Although Aberdeen has made the playoffs in each of the last 12 years, they have not had a winning season since 2015, a trend that, according to Williams, can be reversed with the right amount of work and execution.
"We just have to show up to work every day and take advantage of every opportunity to get better," Williams said.
The Bulldogs will go through spring and summer workouts before they open their 2019 season at home against the Okolona Chieftains on Aug. 23.
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