CLYDE
WILLIAMS

He was a standout basketball player for the 1951 state championship team at Risley High in Brunswick and would later return to his alma mater as an educator, becoming a championship-winning coach as well.

 

At 6-foot-4, which was considered very tall in the 1950s, Williams was the leading scorer and rebounder for the 1951 Tigers who finished 24-4 en route to the state crown. Williams earned a scholarship to Fort Valley State, where he led the team in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore.

 

After graduation, Williams entered the U.S. Army and played several sports including basketball while in the military. He once scored 56 points in an Army game. He later earned a master’s degree at North Carolina and returned home to become a physical education teacher and coach at Risley.

 

He led the Tigers to the 1969 GIA state championship and also the all-classification title as Risley finished with a 20-5 record that season. He also was an assistant coach when the Tigers won a state football championship in 1957.

 

Williams was also a good golfer who played on World Professional and American Professional tours. He served as administrator in Glynn County Schools before retiring. Williams continues to reside locally.

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