Posted: 12:26 pm Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
Olympic Heights was in search of an experienced coach to lead its football program.
The Lions got what they were looking for, naming Dale Williams as their new head coach on Tuesday. Williams replaces Kevin Fleury, who recorded a 9-11 record in two seasons at Olympic Heights before taking the John I. Leonard head coaching job in January.
“It’s an opportunity to be a head coach and to lead a group of players and teach football,” Williams said.
Williams, who played college football at West Virginia, brings a lot of credibility to the position, spending seven seasons as Florida Atlantic’s offensive line coach under head coach Howard Schnellenberger from 2005 to 2011. Since then, Williams has spent the last two seasons as an assistant football coach at Lake Worth High.
Before his time at FAU, Williams was an assistant coach at the University of Findlay, serving as the offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.
“Dale’s experience drew us to him,” said Olympic Heights athletic director Cindy Lucia, who interviewed six candidates for the position. “He’s also a local guy, living in Boca. Him coaching at FAU was a big plus.”
Assistant coaches have not been decided on yet, but Williams said he prefers to have his staff made up of Olympic Heights High employees.
“I want coaches that are teachers and are in the building so the kids see them all the time,” Williams said.
Williams’ experience will be useful, as Olympic Heights is in the middle of a rebuilding process. The Lions finished with a 2-8 record last season after posting a 7-3 record in 2012.
“We think he’s going to build on what we have here,” Lucia said. “The contacts that he has outside of the program is going to be good for the kids. He’s very strong on academics. We think with his personality, his relationship with the faculty is going to be great.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.