West Bladen Names New Football Coach
Posted on 05/24/2021
We are happy to announce that Stanley Williams will be taking over as the head football coach at West Bladen High School. Coach Sherman will be stepping down to take the same position at Gray’s Creek High School. We would like to thank Coach Sherman for his hard work over the last two seasons and wish him well at his new post.
Coach Williams brings a wealth of knowledge and excitement to the program. This past season he served as the defensive coordinator and associate head coach for the Knights. He served as defensive coordinator for Westover and Purnell Swett before coming to West Bladen. Earlier in his career, Coach Williams was the head junior varsity coach at Red Springs and EE Smith. After graduating from Smithfield-Selma High, where he was a standout center and defensive end, Coach Williams served in the Army Reserves for sixteen years. In 2003 he was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2010 he earned his Bachelor of Science K-12 Physical Education degree from Fayetteville State University. He has five children, Ayanna 17, Ashton 16, Ava 8, Mariah 2, and Landon 1. Coach Williams and LeJacquelyn Artis, the Head Swim and Tennis Coach at Hoke High, reside in Cumberland County.
“It is truly an honor. I am very thankful that my athletic director and administrative staff trust me to lead the West Bladen football program in the upcoming years,” Williams said. “The atmosphere at the Castle is phenomenal. Everyone here is like family. I’m excited about molding young boys into great men. I am following the footsteps of some great men and coaches. Joe Salas, Russell Dove, and Jon Sherman are just a few. These men not only taught the game but instilled character in the young men that they coached. I see our program over the next few years creating the best game night atmosphere in the county and playing an exciting, disciplined brand of football. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Dr. Hester believing in me and giving me this opportunity. You couldn’t ask for a better principal. West Bladen hands down has one of the best communities and kids that a coach could ask for. I am super excited for my coaching staff as they have always been positive role models and always have our kids best interest at heart.”
“From the moment I met Coach Williams, I knew that he would play a critical role in the growth and development of our football program,” said Dr. Peggy Hester, Principal of West Bladen. “He is a phenomenal coach and teacher, and both students and staff love him. He is passionate about football and helping student athletes succeed. I believe that he has the knowledge and skills to create a winning program at West Bladen High School, and I look forward to seeing him do great things. Coach Williams has my unwavering support, and I am excited about West Bladen’s football program under his leadership.”
“Obviously we are sad to see Coach Sherman leave, but are excited for him and his family,” said Travis Pait, Athletic Director of West Bladen. “We interviewed Coach Williams two years ago and were unbelievably impressed with him as a man and as a football coach. We were thrilled to have him come on staff last year and we are elated to have him lead our program into the future. We have laid a foundation for success over the last two years and feel like the program could not be put into more capable hands. Coach Williams is a strong disciplinarian with a passion for the game. Our kids have grown to love him in the role he filled this past year, and I’m sure they will be excited that he is taking over as head coach. His upbeat attitude and toughness are attributes that we hope our players will take from him and definitely characteristics that will serve him well as our new head coach.”
***In order to allow the students and staff to complete exams and graduation, Coach Williams will be available for comments after the conclusion of the school year, when West Bladen High School will host an official press conference. The media will be notified of the date and time for the press conference.