The Western Texas College men’s and women’s track and field teams have a new coach leading the charge. While new to his position of head track and field coach for the Westerners, James Williams brings a wealth of experience and a history of producing successful athletes and teams to his new post.
Williams served as sprints, relays, hurdles, and jumps coach this past year at Bowling Green State University. Williams is no stranger to the NJCAA, having implemented both a men’s and women’s team at Southwest Mississippi Community College in 2007. Under his leadership, the Bears of Southwest Mississippi claimed 42 All-American performances and 8 individual national champions in the span of three years.
Having served for eleven years as chairman for the men’s sprint Development Committee for USA Track and Field has provided Coach Williams with the experience of working with some of the best athletes in the world.
The Westerners will be led by two time national champion Jerome Wilson. Jerome captured both the long jump and the triple jump titles at the 2012 NJCAA Outdoor National Championships. “Jerome is fierce competitor with a tremendous work ethic and natural leadership abilities” Williams said.
Williams has a plan for accelerated improvement of the individuals on the teams, which will lead to continued and improved national prominence. “My goal is to continue the past success the programs have enjoyed under my predecessors and elevate both teams to a point that we’re producing Academic and Athletic All-Americans, which will result in our vying for team titles” stated Williams.
Besides focusing on student athlete development, Williams is working to improve depth on both teams. “We have some tremendously talented student athletes on both the men’s and women’s teams, but there is an obvious need to address depth, particularly on our women’s team” Williams said.
Both teams will open up with indoor meets for the very first time, in mid January. “Our student athletes are very excited about competing indoors and competing indoors will be great impetus towards a successful outdoor season” Williams stated.
October 22, 2012