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Longtime Douglas mentor ends head coach duties
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
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Longtime Douglas County football and baseball coach, Phil Williams, stands in the office of Douglas County High, his alma mater, last week.
Longtime Douglas County football and baseball coach, Phil Williams, stands in the office of Douglas County High, his alma mater, last week.
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Phil Williams recently retired from what may be his final head coaching position of any kind after decades as a football and baseball coach at high schools in Douglas and Fulton counties, he said.

The former longtime head baseball and football coach at Douglas County and Lithia Springs high schools recently departed as head baseball coach at Landmark Christian School after seven successful seasons.

“When I went to Landmark, my intention was to only coach about five more years. I ended up staying seven seasons, but Landmark is a Class A school with lots of great people and great kids,” said Williams.

Beginning his coaching career in 1977 as the assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Douglas County High School, Williams has been coaching for 35 years – the first 30 years were in Douglas County School System.

Williams maintained these positions for 10 years, leaving after the 1987 school year to become head football coach at Lithia Springs. In the fall of 1992 Williams returned to Douglas County High as the assistant football coach and head baseball coach once again, but only for that school year.

In the fall of 1993 Williams became both the head football and head baseball coach of the Tigers. He ran the baseball team through the 2002 season and the football team through 2007 – retiring from the school system thereafter.

“I had been here a long time and felt it was the right time. I wasn’t forced to retire or forced out in any way, I was just ready to pursue something else besides public school,” said Williams.

As he finished the 2006-07 school year at Douglas County, Williams was hired in the spring of 2007 as the head baseball coach at Landmark Christian School, a small school in Fairburn. That fall Williams became the assistant football coach for the highly successful Landmark football team as well.

Still the assistant football coach, Williams said he has no intentions on becoming the head coach. In fact, he said he is “very close” to finishing his coaching career.

As a head football coach, Williams led Douglas County High to seven playoff appearances. The Tigers advanced to the second round of the GHSA playoffs in 2002 and 2005. In 2002 they finished ranked in the top 10 with an 11-1 record. In 2005 they finished ranked fifth with a 10-2 record.

During his time as a head baseball coach in the Douglas County School System Williams led Douglas County High to eight playoff appearances, two Elite Eight finishes in the state tournament, third place at state in 1985 and three region championships. He also had seven playoff appearances with Landmark.

At Landmark, Williams took the baseball team to the state tournament all seven years. They were state runners-up in 2008 and 2009 and won four region championships. Williams also noted Landmark had seven players recruited to Division I programs, and several Division II and III programs as well.
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