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(New Orleans) Bobby Williams was named the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference recipient of the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award. Williams, head coach for both men's and women's cross country and track and field teams at Dillard University, gives insight on his achievement.
"I am honored to be representing the conference with this particular award," said Williams. "I believe we have a good conference and we just need a little more publicity."
Williams is no stranger to success. When he's not coaching at Dillard, he's engaged with his congregation as pastor of Next Level Church in New Orleans. When he is coaching, he is winning on all levels. Since his arrival to Dillard he has had a team finish either first or second place at conference championships every year, and he is highly respected among his peers, in the community and most importantly, by his student-athletes.
"I believe my work speaks for itself," said Williams. "If anyone wants to question if I am deserving of this award, I say check my resume and see what we have accomplished in five short years."
His most recent success came on April 12 when his team was crowned 2014 GCAC Men's Track and Field Champions.
"The NAIA is proud to have you as one of our finest representatives," said Kristin Gillette, NAIA Director of Champions of Character. "Your accomplishments and character in competition and in the community speak for themselves. Furthermore, to read of your positive examples you set is refreshing and exciting. I commend you on your efforts in every aspect of your life," said Gillette.
In addition, the conference was proud to have Coach Williams as their 2014 Coach of Character representative.
"Congratulations on receiving the NAIA Coach of Character Award," said GCAC Commissioner Steve Martin. "This is a testament of your work both on and off the field. It takes hard work to have athletic success, but it takes a special person to go beyond athletics and socially succeed by giving back. The GCAC is proud to have you as a coach and leader of young people," said Martin.