Lincolnview graduate and new girls coach, Kyle Williams (DHI Media/ Kirsten Barnhart)
Lincolnview graduate and new girls coach, Kyle Williams (DHI Media/ Kirsten Barnhart)
MIDDLE POINT — Once a Lancer, always a Lancer isn’t a clichè, it’s the mantra that has brought 2014 graduate, Kyle Williams, back to Lincolnview to take over the helm of the girls program.

“Lincolnview has always held a special place in my heart,” said Williams. “It feels great to be back. It was my goal to when I graduated from college to get into coaching and get back to Lincolnview.”

After graduating from high school Williams went to Defiance College where he played ball for two years and graduated in 2018.

“I think playing in college will help me tremendously as a coach,” said Williams. He saw three different head coaches in his two years at Defiance, which of course means he saw a variety of different styles of coaching. “I learned a lot over my years of playing. I’ve had a lot of coaches, I’ve seen all these different styles. Seeing things that worked and didn’t work, will help me.”

Williams, himself, has one year of coaching underneath his belt. He was the boys’ junior varsity coach, this past winter at Fort Jennings. Though he doesn’t expect the jump from boys to girls to be all that different.

“Basketball is basketball,” said Williams. “Obviously there is some different aspects. The pace of the game is different, but the philosophies are the same. The same coaching styles are the same.”

In that one year of coaching Williams admitted that the biggest lesson he learned was essentially that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

“You’re not going to change a program in one practice or even one year,” said Williams. “You have to be patient. All the effort you put in will pay off in the end, you just have to keep working.”

Though he knows that it might take time, Williams is already excited about the future of the program.

“We have had great turnouts in open gyms and workouts, which is awesome,” said Williams. Last season the Lady Lancers had to play half JV games because of low numbers, but on the first day Williams took over 18 girls signed up to play. “Getting to work with them and get better this summer, while getting up the numbers in the program has been awesome.”

Williams said he is an offensively minded coach, but the style of play in which the Lady Lancers while employ this winter will be based on the personnel.

“It’s too early to tell how we are going to play,” said Williams. “I’m an up-tempo and offensive coach. I love to score.” Don’t we all.

With ta young coach at the helm and excitement going up, the future is bright for Lady Lancers basketball.