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Working in hometown affected career
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
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Longtime Douglas County football and baseball coach Phil Williams is shown in his first season as the head football coach at Douglas County High School in 1993.
Longtime Douglas County football and baseball coach Phil Williams is shown in his first season as the head football coach at Douglas County High School in 1993.
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Coaching legend Phil Williams recalled how growing up in Douglas County played a role in his 35-year career.

“There are probably very few people that grew up, went to school and coached in the same community. It’s a unique situation and a blessing,” he said.

“The last seven years have been the icing on the cake,” Williams said of his coaching career that is now ongoing at Landmark Christian School. “My entire family grew up here.”

Williams graduated from Douglas County High in 1969. His parents both graduated from Douglas County in the 1940s. Williams’ two sisters and brother are Tigers as well. Williams had the opportunity to coach his brother for two years in baseball at Douglas County in the spring of 1977 and 1978.

Last on the timeline of Tigers is his son, Jamie, who graduated in 1996. Williams coached his son in baseball all four years of high school, spring 1992 to spring 1996. He also coached his son in football as a senior in the fall of 1995.

Williams said having his entire family reside in the area has been wonderful as they have all been great supporters of his entire career.

Of all of his family to be there for him and his career, Williams said his wife has been his “rock” through it all.

Married for 40 years to Suzanne Williams, she too is a Douglas County grad, finishing in 1968. Williams said she has been at almost every game since he began coaching.

“Over the last 10 seasons” of coaching, Williams said he and his wife have been able to do more things, but their time spent together was restricted before then due to his coaching schedule.

“I was tied up in the spring and tied up in the fall so it took up the whole school year…Our time has been limited,” said Williams.

With his retirement from baseball, Williams said he and his wife plan to spend more time with their three grandchildren.

“I’ll be 62 in August. My wife and I are going to enjoy these latter years and travel some and do some things we haven’t been able to do,” Williams said.
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