Williams is new AD at Waterville

Anthony Williams is Waterville School District’s new athletic director. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

 

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Anthony Williams has joined the Waterville School District this year as athletic director.

Williams has a passion for sports as he has been a successful athlete in football, wrestling, track and baseball. Born and raised in Yakima, he played sports at Wenatchee Valley College on a football scholarship, and later at Merced College in California.

He has coached high school football and wrestling, and played and coached arena football.

Williams has also worked in retail management for Foot Locker, Nordstrom and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He said his career experience in retail management provided a solid foundation for his athletic director position as it, too, is a management position for the school’s athletic programs.

Williams has endorsement in Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), a service delivery framework focused on prevention and problem solving for all students. An integrated MTSS connects all of the academic and non-academic interventions, supports, and services available in schools and communities to support instruction and eliminate barriers to learning and teaching, according to the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

He is also certified in Career Technical Education. CTE provides students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers.

As athletic director, Williams’ work includes sports scheduling, transportation scheduling, collaborating with other athletic directors of 2B league schools, district purchasing and budgeting for athletics, offering support to coaches, and being a liaison to parents and the public.

Williams said that the school always needs help from students not involved in sports as well as from the public to work at prep games as ticket-takers and to operate the concessions. These duties may offer a stipend.

Williams hopes to work with Waterville students to help them develop their personal leadership skills and to encourage them to be active in a variety of school opportunities. Athletes must focus on their classroom success as well as their athletic success.

Williams’ vision is to help prepare Waterville student athletes to succeed in every aspect of their lives.