Glenelg AD to coach girls soccer

August 19, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Mike Williams, who replaces Neil Gwinn as the girls soccer coach at Glenelg High, brings an impressive soccer background to the job.

Williams, Glenelg's athletic director, has prior soccer playing and coaching experience at both the high school and college levels.

He was the school's first boys coach in 1978 and 1979. His teams posted an overall 9-15 record for those two seasons.

Then he moved on to coach men's soccer at Western Maryland College in Westminster, starting as an assistant coach in 1981 and taking the varsity job for three seasons from 1982 to 1984.

His varsity head coaching record was 20-22-9, including winning seasons in two of the three years.

This will be the first girls team he's coached at Glenelg, but he has coached for five years in the Freedom Optimist soccer program. His daughter, Beth, played on an under-14 traveling team in that league.

Williams played three seasons of varsity soccer at Middletown High. Those teams lost three straight years in the state finals.

Then he played three varsity seasons at Frostburg State, which now has a nationally ranked Division III program.

"We made the NAIA playoffs one season," Williams said. He didn't quit after college, but played 10 more years of club soccer in the Mason-Dixon League.

"Our team either won or was in the finals every season," he said.

Williams, who will be 43 tomorrow, grew up in Middletown and now lives in Mount Airy.

He coached Glenelg for two games last season when Gwinn was called to Seattle for a family emergency. Glenelg split those games.

The Gladiators won only twice last season while losing 10.

"It was [Glenelg's] only team sport that didn't make the playoffs," said Williams.

Williams is certain the team can improve upon those numbers, and his first priority is to work on attitude.

"I want us to think we can win every game, to be confident in our game plan and to know that I can make some adjustments during games that will help us," he said.

He'll have 13 returning players to work with, including outstanding forward Christina Flowers.

And he expects lots of help from a junior varsity squad that was 8-0-4 last season.

"We have 31 girls out for varsity and most of them have played in feeder programs all their lives," Williams said. "It's really nice to be back. I'm looking forward to it."

Williams also has coached lacrosse at both Glenelg and Western Maryland.

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