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Williams leaves Dutchtown after two seasons

By Brian Paglia

bpaglia@news-daily.com

After two seasons of elevating the Dutchtown girls basketball and volleyball programs to unprecedented success, Angela Williams has resigned, according to a job posting on Gasports.com.

Calls to Williams were not returned.

In the span of one school year, Williams led the volleyball team to a 26-18 record and quarterfinals appearance in the Class AAAA tournament, then guided the girls basketball team to a 27-3 record, Region 4-AAAA championship and the school's first semifinal appearance in any sport.

The Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald's 2009-10 All-Southern Crescent Henry county girls basketball coach of the year, Williams' teams went 48-8. Before her arrival, Dutchtown went 33-64 the previous four seasons.

Williams' military background -- she was an Attack Apache helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army -- instilled in her teams a discipline that contributed to their remarkable turnarounds.

But the Lady Bulldogs appear headed toward a rebuilding year in 2010-11 with all five starters graduating, including All-Southern Crescent first-teamers Brittney Strickland and Abria Trice.

Other coaching changes: Luella girls basketball coach Greg Wilson is the new boys coach at Locust Grove following the departure of former Wildcats coach John Bishop, according to Locust Grove athletic director Stephen Phillips. Wilson's teams went 50-85, but the Lady Lions made the state tournament the past three seasons.