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St. Aug's George Williams fired - UPDATED

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

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:

"Coach Williams is a living legend who has dedicated his life to helping young people become better athletes and more importantly, better people. For over 50 years, developing future leaders has been at the core of everything he has done. 

 

He accomplished these goals, along with leading his alma mater to 39 national titles and proudly serving his country, including when coaching the 2004 Olympic track and field team. As one would imagine, he has been touched by the outpouring of appreciation and support he has received today from across this country. 


Unfortunately, St. Augustine’s unlawfully terminated his employment today without cause. Coach Williams will vigorously fight for his rights so he can continue to serve the students and greater community. If there was ever an individual who should be able to complete his mission on his terms, it is Coach Williams."

 

New football coach David Bowser has been named interim AD.

 

On Thursday, St. Augustine's released a statement. Read it here.

 

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