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Williams enjoying unexpected role

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9:09 am

Micah Williams, pictured here playing for ETSU, is now an assistant basketball coach at Central High School. -File photo

Micah Williams, pictured here playing for ETSU, is now an assistant basketball coach at Central High School. -File photo

Former Central High School and East Tennessee State University standout Micah Williams always knew he would eventually find himself coaching basketball.

He just didn’t think it would be this season. After two seasons playing professionally overseas, Williams finds himself on the bench at his alma-mater this year.

After completing a stellar career at ETSU, which included two trips to the NCAA Tournament, Williams played professionally in both Japan and England before finding his way to the Red Raider bench this season.

“I’m still looking into playing overseas but in the meantime being able to coach at my former high school makes [not playing] a lot easier,” said Williams. “Coaching is something I want to get into and this is a great experience for me. If nothing comes up as far as getting a chance to play, this will be a great option to be able to stay on full time with the team.”

Williams says he still hopes to sign with a professional team for this season but if that doesn’t happen he is more than happy to continue to help coach the Red Raiders.

“It has been a very awkward year for overseas basketball and we are at a standstill right now,” explained Williams. “There are a couple leagues that start up in January and February, if nothing comes out of those I will continue to try and coach here and pick up playing again next season.”

Coaching has been a good experience for Williams but the fact that it is at his alma-mater makes it special.

“It’s been great, just helping out and seeing the growth in the kids already in a short season has been very rewarding. I always knew I wanted to be a coach and now that I have the opportunity it’s great. It has exceeded my expectations,” said Williams. “It’s one of those things, being at the high school I played at, I know what to expect and we are just trying to do what we can to win. I have tried to stay around the program since I left, helping out when I could and now actually being a coach means a lot.”

Williams says nothing about his coaching experience has really surprised him but he has a newfound appreciation for the time involved…

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