ALBANY -- According to sources close to the situation, Felton Williams could be recommended at a time as early as Monday Night's Dougherty County Board of Education meeting to become the Albany High School football team's full-time coach.
Williams, a former Indians assistant, served on an interim bases last season as head coach after the previous full-time coach, Reginald Mitchell, left to take over the program at Sherwood Christian Academy. Williams' name could be mentioned Monday, as well as that of Baldwin head coach Jesse Hicks for the Dougherty High School job replacing Charles Flowers, who retires after this school year from the Trojans and will take over Troup County's program while working a part-time schedule next year.
The recommendation of Williams could end an interesting two weeks in which the school system searched for the full-time coach for Albany. Originally, former Westover assistant and Windsor Forest head coach Mike Martin was set to be recommended for Albany, but after accepting the job offer, he changed his mind, saying he wanted to stay where he was in South Effingham. Williams, after he was contacted Saturday morning, said he had yet to receive a job offer but would accept it if one happened between now and the time he is recommended.
"That would be great news if it's true," Williams said.
Williams is a former Albany High quarterback, graduating there in 1990 and says he has a passion for Indians football.
"I want the opportunity to show them I can do a great job," Williams said.
Last season, the Indians were winless. Albany, however, is rebuilding and was also 2-28 during the three years under Mitchell. After Mitchell left Albany for SCA, six players, including star running back Dontavious Brown, joined him. As a result, the Indians struggled.
"If those players had not left, we might could have been maybe 6-4 or even 7-3, easy," Williams said. "I believe in Albany High."
With one game left to play last season, and the Indians sitting at 0-9, Williams was asked by The Herald if he would even want to come back for another season.
He did then. And still does now.
"I truly do appreciate the opportunity I was given, but the job came late in the season (just before football was about to start) and I would just like a chance to start fresh -- from the beginning -- and see what happens," Williams said after AHS' Nov. 1, 2009 loss, a 48-6 thumping by state power Fitzgerald. "I will say this about the season, though: I have seen a tremendous amount of growth from these kids and -- in nine weeks of loss after loss -- I haven't had any kids quit. They stuck with me and I hope I get a chance to stick with them."