West Johnston High names new athletic director

cbest@newsobserver.comJuly 3, 2014 

— When Jimmy Williams was named head football coach at West Johnston High School, he felt like he’d found the leadership position he’d been looking for a few years.

Seventeen months after that move, Williams is taking over the leadership role of the entire Wildcat athletic program. He was named athletic director at the school this week. He replaces Warren Singleton, who will continue to serve as the school’s varsity softball coach.

Williams has been a teacher and coach at West Johnston since 2011. He was a successful head football coach at East Wake, winning two conference championships.

“I believe the future of West Johnston athletics is very bright,” Williams said. “We have an outstanding group of coaches, athletes, and parents in place as well as a very supportive administration team that values athletics as part of a student’s overall educational experience.

“I look forward to working closely with our community and booster club as we continue to move this program forward together.”

Williams is bringing 24 years of coaching experience with him to the new position, which includes head coaching positions in football, wrestling, and track. He also served as an assistant athletic director in Wake County Public School System for six years.

“We are thrilled to announce Jimmy Williams as our new athletic director,” said principal Paula Coates. “Coach Williams has both the experience and the enthusiasm necessary for this position, and I am confident he will do a great job leading our athletic program.”

West opens its football season Aug. 22 at home against Smithfield-Selma.

The Wildcats were 4-7 last season, opening with a pair of wins and then finishing with wins in two of their last three games, including a 41-7 victory over Southeast Raleigh.

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