Lee County’s Rob Williams is named the GHSA Class AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year in Georgia.
LEESBURG — Rob Williams is a legend at Lee County, where he won his 500th baseball game last season and has been the anchor of the athletic program and a member of the coaching staff since 1985 when he was hired as an assistant. He became Lee County’s head baseball coach in 1989.
On Friday, Williams was recognized for something other than baseball.
Williams was named the GHSA Class 1-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year for the state of Georgia. He had already been named the Region 1-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year, but he had no idea he would ever win the statewide award.
When he was told he had won the award, Williams smiled and asked: “Was I the only one who sent anything in?’’
He still hasn’t gotten over it.
“When they told me I was really, really surprised,’’ Williams said. “It’s really a humbling thing. I just think about all the ADs in our region, and this was for Class AAAAA for the state. It’s mind boggling.’’
He even laughed about the form he sent to the GHSA, which uses a committee to decide the winner of the award each year.
“I was at home and my computer was on the fritz, so I had to fill out the form by hand,’’ said Williams, adding with a laugh that his penmanship wasn’t the best you have ever seen. “I was thinking, ‘This looks really nice to send in.’ ”
It wasn’t a work of art, but Williams’ dedication and success at Lee County has been a masterpiece, spanning decades.
He has been named the GHSA Baseball Coach of the Year in Georgia twice, winning the Class AAA award in 2000 and the Class AAAA award in 2005.
As much as he loves and reveres the game of baseball, Williams agreed to be the co-athletic director at Lee County in 2003, sharing the duties with then football coach David Johnson.
In 2005 Williams took over as lone AD, and has helped Lee County earn respect in every sport over the years.
The Trojans and Lady Trojans are competitive in every sport from the football team, which has become a regular in the state playoffs, to the softball team, where the Lady Trojans have arguably the best program in Southwest Georgia, to the wrestling team, the most dominant team in this part of the state, to the soccer teams that both compete for the region title every year to Williams’ baseball team, which is recognized around the state for its consistent success over the years.
“We have 17 sports,’’ Williams said. “It’s an accumulation of things. I’ve told people that you have major sports, but whatever sport is (being played) is the major sport. I feel we have a pretty solid athletic program from top to bottom.’’
Williams gave credit to all his coaches at Lee County.
“One person gets the award,’’ Williams said. “But everybody does the job. It’s due to the fact that we have outstanding coaches at Lee County, and we have a very supportive administration. Donna Jones, who is our cheerleading coach, has been my assistant this year and she has done a fantastic job.’’
Williams said in all his years as Lee’s athletic director he never dreamed he would be named the top AD in the state.
“I try to keep my nose to the grindstone and do a job,’’ Williams said. “It’s really an honor when your peers (other athletic directors) select you because they are right there in the trenches with you.
“I never expected anything like this,” he said. “You don’t think about it. There’s been a ton of things over the years. No, no, I never expected this.’’