On Thursday, May 30, Enterprise State Community College President Matt Rodgers announced that ESCC basketball coach Jermaine Williams has been named the schools new athletic director.
Williams replaces former athletic director Kevin Ammons, who will be moving into another role at the school.
“It’s exciting and I’m really blessed,” Williams said of his promotion. “It’s something that I’ve been working hard for and finally am getting the opportunity to do it and I am very excited about it.”
Williams joined the staff at ESCC in 2010 as an assistant coach and just a few years later became head coach of both the women’s and men’s basketball teams. He plans to continue that role at ESCC.
“Nothing will change as far as the coaching side,” Williams said. “Coaching is my heart and that’s my love. Nothing will change there.”
Williams says that he has several immediate goals as the new athletic director and a big priority is finishing the facility upgrades at the school.
“We want to upgrade the facilities here,” Williams said. “Our softball and baseball facilities will be state-of-the art when we’re done and we’re looking forward to finishing the upgrades to the gym, which have already begun.
“Facilities will be my main focus to begin with because it helps with recruitment. In order to get the best kids you have to have something to draw them in.”
Williams said that finishing the new ESCC Athletics website is also another focus for the department.
“The new website will also help with recruitment but it will also help recruit the community,” he said. “We’ll be able to live stream some games on there next year and it will also help us recruit by giving kids a chance to see what we’re about before they even get on campus here. First impressions are everything.”
Both of those goals tie into the athletic department’s primary focus, however, which is recruiting.
“What do we have to do to help keep the best athletes home?,” Williams asked. “We want to make sure as a coaching staff that we all work together to make sure that the best local kids in the Wiregrass stay here at home.”