St. Aug's George Williams fired - UPDATED
St. Augustine's legendary track and field coach George Williams was fired by the university today.
First reported by ABC-11, Williams, who understandably sounded upset on the telephone, deferred any comment to his attorney, Nick Sanservino. When contacted, Sanservino said an official statement would be released later today and a media briefing with Williams was being scheduled for tomorrow.
Williams, who was also the athletics director, just completed his 43rd season at his alma mater. He has won the most NCAA national titles (39) of any active coach, regardless of division and sport. He has won the third-most titles of any coach in the NCAA regardless the sport. In 2004, Williams was the U.S. Olympic Head Track and Field coach.
Last October, in Doha, Qatar, for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, Williams was seriously injured while riding an ATV. He broke four ribs, tore his liver and kidneys, fractured a shoulder bone and suffered the collapse of both kidneys. The 76-year-old came oh-so-close to death. He spent three weeks in a Doha hospital before being transferred back to Raleigh, where he was hospitalized for another month.
Ironically, Williams told ABC 11 in an interview that he was thinking about retiring in 2021.
UPDATE: Sanservino issued a statement on Williams' behalf later today: