After a three-year hiatus, Zach Williams will return to the sideline as a coach next school year as the varsity coach of the Wilmington High School girls basketball program.
Officially hired Tuesday night by the Wilmington City Schools board of education, Williams replaces Mark Short as the leader of the Lady Hurricane basketball program.
“I knew I would be coaching something this year,” Williams said. “When the girls basketball job opened up it intrigued me.”
Williams had coach football and basketball at WHS for 10 seasons. Following the 2013 basketball campaign, Williams decided to put his coaching career on hold because of the pending birth of his daughter. Williams and wife Emily are parents of Josephine who was born in July 2013.
“We discussed it before,” said Williams. “I knew it was something I wanted. I didn’t want to miss any of the beginning time (of his daughter’s life). I wanted to be around for that. Coaching is something I’ve always wanted to do, so I knew it would just be a matter of time (before he returned).”
A former Div. I collegiate quarterback at Kent State University, Williams has been a health and physical education teacher at WHS since 2004.
Williams said Dusty James is slated to be his varsity assistant coach with Whitney Hollon set to be the junior varsity coach.
Having worked under Wilmington’s highly-successful boys varsity coach Michael Noszka, Williams said he wants his players to be tough.
“I learned a lot of that from Mike,” Williams said. “Mike’s teams are full of tough, hard-nosed kids. I want our girls to follow that same suit. I want to instill toughness, solid man-to-man defense. I want to teach the girls how to move in a motion offense, to have fun, but most importantly to be a tough team, to be exciting and tough.”
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