Jeff Williams is always at the Berry Bowl.
Not literally. But, the longtime Richmond assistant coach does have a photo that adorns the wall at the basketball home of Logansport High School.
Williams, poised to take a shot, is celebrated for his Indiana All-Star turn in 1977.
“I still come back and I do see a lot of guys that I went to school with, or were here when I played, and it’s kind of nice to kind of touch base with those guys I haven’t seen for a while,” Williams said Saturday after his latest trip to his former home.
Williams currently leads Richmond’s junior varsity boys basketball squad as the head coach. Like their varsity counterparts, the Red Devils are 11-1 and also won this past Saturday, fending off the Berries 39-36.
Williams set Logansport’s single-game scoring record with 52 points. That record still stands.
Other records Williams set for the Berries: 1,114 points over two seasons, and a season average record of 26.7.
Need proof? It’s right there on the photo.
Williams downplays those accomplishments, but it’s clear he’s still an important part of Logansport basketball lore. He helped the Berries win one of their two championships in the North Central Conference.
While at Richmond, he was part of something even bigger — the 1992 state championship as an assistant coach for the Red Devils.
While Williams has fond memories of his time at the Bowl with the Berries, the jaunt to Logansport is a lot like any other road trip for the Red Devil coach.
More familiar faces, though.
“The game part of it and the competition part, this is just another game now,” Williams said. “It’s just enjoyable to come back and see some guys I haven’t seen in a while.
” … It’s a lot of fun and I keep in touch with two or three guys here through email and text message and all. … It’s just nice. It’s kind of a homecoming, so to speak.”