COACH AARON WILLIAMS
Change is inevitable. Change is constant, said the British statesman Benjamin Disraeli. The LaRue County Hawks soccer program has experienced a constant change in leadership the last three seasons. Aaron Williams will seek to bring stability to the program as he leads the 2018 Boys Soccer Team this season.
Williams joined the Hawks Soccer team last season as an assistant coach to Bill Hawkins. Hawkins says Williams jumped in and accepted leadership roles from the beginning. “Aaron took the lead in many aspects of the coaching position as the season progressed last year. He started working primarily with JV and keeping stats and paperwork. As we progressed through the season he began to set lineups for varsity as well as substitutions. He focused on skills development during practices.”
Williams has been around soccer since the age of six. Originally from Lexington, Williams played recreation soccer until the age of fourteen. He would move to Taylor County where he would play on the first Taylor County High School team in 1998. He would play college soccer at the next level at Campbellsville University.
Soccer has been a part of Williams’ life for the last twenty years. He has coached various girls and boys youth soccer teams for the last eight years. Coach Williams works as a Local IBEW 369 Master Electrician. He is currently a Foreman for AES on Fort Knox Middle School Project.
Last season Williams joined the boys’ soccer team, and found that competitive spirt rekindled. Williams says, “As assistant coach last year I saw this group of boys desire to be great and their willingness to work toward that goal realizing that it isn’t going to be easy. I wanted to continue being a positive influence in their lives.”
Williams knows it will be a process. “I just want our guys to improve each day, and have the opportunity to win more games this season. My focus will be to improve our defensive play, along with better midfield execution, and improve our goalie play as well.”
Hawkins is excited for Williams and will be a continued encourager. “Aaron is an overall great guy. He is active in his church and his community. As a Taylor County transplant, he has embraced LaRue County and what it is to be a Hawk. He demands a lot, not only of the people he works with, but of himself. He has played and coached soccer and basketball and his passion for growth and success is infectious with those around him. As much as he likes to work, he also knows how to enjoy the moment as well. He brings a sense of humor and enjoyment with his work and dedication to the task at hand.”
Senior leader Clay Cecil is excited about the upcoming season and the opportunity to play for Coach Williams. “We expect to be pushed by Coach Williams. He wants us to give our best effort every day in practice and games. He understands the game, and knows how to coach it. I expect us to be more competitive this season.”
Hawkins admits that Williams will have some challenges due to the change in leadership the last three seasons. “Aaron is taking on a position that has had its ups and downs. He has proven to these boys that he is there for them and their growth. He has two daughters, so his children will never experience this team. This only shows the level of his commitment and dedication to these young men and this program. His passion for the game and success will prove infectious through this team and I am excited to watch every step of their progress this fall.”
Hawkins concludes by saying, “As head coach, Aaron is going to bring a balance of dedication, passion and fun to Hawks soccer. His drive for success is coupled with his ability to reach each student-athlete at the level they are at. He will push each one to succeed and know their individual value as part of the whole picture.”
The Hawks will officially begin practice July 15 with their season to begin the second week of August.