Attitude is everything

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 14, 2007

Coach Williams keeps it positive

By George L. Jones

The Selma Times-Journal

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Herman Williams knows a little something about transition.

He transforms himself from a Sunday pastor at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church into a Monday assistant coach for Central Christian Academy.

And after playing and coaching at big schools, he’s learning what life is like on the Class A AISA level.

By all appearances, the Warriors are on the rise after a 7-4 season in 2006 that followed a 3-6 campaign the year before.

CCA has a lot of talent to replace, and a coach with as much experience as Williams can’t hurt the process.

He won back-to-back state championships with Emmitt Smith as a high school player in Pensacola, Fla., and was a Florida State University offensive lineman from 1987-89.

Williams’s only other coaching stop was at Thomasville for two years.

It was by simple chance that he came to join the Warriors’ staff.

What the school found out is there’s more to Williams than football.

As coach Lee Holladay put it, &8220;You go watch him preach, and you have to strain your ears to hear him.&8221;

But whatever he whispers from the pulpit, he shouts from the hash mark.

One job CCA’s &8220;army&8221; is faced with is continuing the success it had last season.