There are instances in which former NFL players wind up coaching in the high school ranks.

Jimmy Williams has perhaps the rarest situation of all. The former defensive back-return specialist for the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans is back at his alma mater.

Williams is the first-year defensive coordinator at Episcopal and is also teaching American history to seventh-graders.

“I had always done clinics and worked with kids through non-profit groups,” Williams said. “Coaching just felt right for me. I wanted to find a way to pass along my passion and hopefully impact the lives of some young players.”

The 32-year-old Williams played collegiately at Vanderbilt and was in the NFL from 2001-08.

He spent 2005 in the New Orleans Saints preseason camp and went on to play for the Seahawks, who made the Super Bowl that year.

Williams also was the winner of The Advocate’s Boys Athlete of the Year award in 1996.

Officials meetings

An organizational meeting for officials interested in calling high school softball games next spring is set for 5 p.m. Sunday at BREC’s Jefferson Highway Park located at 8133 Jefferson Hwy.

All veteran umpires and those interested in becoming umpires are encouraged to attend. Contact assignment secretary Paul Dufour at (225) 505-1287 for details.

• The Baton Rouge Area Basketball Officials Association will begin weekly meetings and will open registration, starting on Aug. 31.

BRABOA officials will meet each Wednesday for 12 weeks, starting with the Aug. 31 meeting. All meetings will be held at 7 p.m. in the Family Christian Academy gymnasium. Rules instruction and on-and-court training will be key elements of nine meetings.

All veteran officials and those interested in becoming a high school basketball official are encouraged to attend.

Call BRABOA President Harry Jenkins at (225) 892-7042 or assignment secretary Virgil Pratt at (225) 485-0800 for details.

Zachary Hall of Fame

Zachary High is accepting nominations for its Athletic Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony is planned for Oct. 28 at halftime of a football game against Live Oak.

Contact ZHS Athletic Director Joey Sanchez for added information or to obtain a nomination form by calling (225) 287-3037 or (225) 654-2776 or by sending email to joey.sanchez@zacharyschools.


CHEF seeks players

The Christian Home Educators Fellowship seeks home-school players ages 13 to 18 to join its 2011 football team.

Registration will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Lanier Baptist Church gymnasium.

Call coach Jerald Hardy at (225) 270-2852 for details. Information can also be found at

Coaches Bible study

The Istrouma Sports Organization will conduct a Legacy Bible Study for Coaches each Wednesday from Sept. 7 through Nov. 17.

This year’s topic will be “Don’t Waste Your Coaching” and will be held from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Former Parkview Baptist baseball coach M.L. Woodruff leads the Bible study, which is offered free of charge.

Coaches can go online to and register or can call Woodruff at (225) 295-0775, extension 118. Send email to

Prep notables

Get-well wishes go out to Denham Springs High broadcaster and summer baseball coach Jim McChristian, who is recovering from a recent heart attack.

McChristian has coached PARDS teams to several Babe Ruth World Series appearances and helps broadcast football, basketball, baseball and softball games for DSHS.

• Catholic High baseball player Alex Tucker has committed to Nicholls State. Tucker is a catcher for the Bears.