Blaze coordinator Williams named Overton football coach

Blaze coordinator Williams named Overton football coach

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Blaze coordinator Williams named Overton football coach

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Blackman defensive coordinator Steve Williams will make his football head coaching debut at his alma mater.

Williams was named Wednesday to succeed Terry Anderson at Overton in Nashville, ending a search that’s been ongoing for nearly three months.

“We were really pleased with the group of applicants we had,” Overton principal Shuler Pelham said. “In the end, we felt Steve was the man for the job. He’s a fantastic fit for us and our program. We’re excited about it.”

Williams, 54, has served as defensive coordinator at Blackman for the past two seasons. He was on staffs at Smyrna, LaVergne, Pearl-Cohn, Hillsboro, MTCS as well as at Overton, where he was an assistant under Anderson.

“When I was there with Terry back in 2001, 2002, I always thought Overton would be a great job,” Williams said. “In the back of your mind, you always think about being able to go home and finish your career. I feel really blessed that it’s all coming together, that I’m able to go and take over a program of a guy that I respect very much.”

Williams, who was named Blackman’s softball coach prior to this season, will coach the Lady Blaze this season. He replaced Tory Atwood, who is now the softball coach at Stewarts Creek.

Williams was grateful for the opportunity to coach at Blackman High and to principal Gail Vick for hiring him two years ago.

Anderson announced his retirement in November, following Overton’s 17-14 loss to Independence in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. It was the only loss of the season for the Bobcats, marking the program’s best finish since going 11-2 in 2002.

Anderson spent the final 20 years of his 40-year coaching career at Overton, compiling a record of 177-146 over 28 years as a head coach.

“Terry Anderson, year-in and year-out, was consistently a winner, consistently at the top,” Williams said. “I feel very blessed to be able to follow in his footsteps. The foundation, everything is there. I think I’m stepping into a great situation.”

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