George Williams doesn’t have to stay in Raleigh.
He has coached the St. Augustine’s College track and field program to 31 national championships, and his student athletes have a 95 percent graduation rate.
Among the 32 Olympic athletes he’s coached, three are gold medalists. He served as head coach to the U.S. Men’s Olympic Track and Field Team in Athens, Ga., in 2004. He has an international reputation and no shortage of job options.
Williams, 69, stays at St. Augustine’s for a simple reason: He loves it. After 36 years as its track and field coach, there’s nowhere he would rather be than his alma mater.
Williams received a lifetime achievement award from the Greater Raleigh Sports Council last month. Staff writer Chelsea Kellner caught up with Williams by phone from the CIAA tournament in Charlotte last week to pick up a few coaching tips.
Responses have been edited for length.
(At a recent awards ceremony,) I looked at my wife and said, man, there’s a lot of great coaches in here today. She said, there’s one less than you think. I laughed. It’s important to stay humble. It’s about doing your job and moving on.