Cleveland City Schools and Cleveland High School Principal, Autumn O’Bryan, are pleased to announce the selection of Tony Williams as the CHS Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach. Coach Williams comes from East Hamilton High School where he served as the Head Girls Basketball Coach. Mrs. O’Bryan stated, “We are excited for Coach Williams to join our staff. He is a committed and energetic coach who will bring a passion for basketball and for Cleveland High School. We look forward to the future of Lady Raider Basketball.”
Before joining the East Hamilton program, Coach Williams was the head girls basketball coach at Rhea County Middle School in Evensville for three years. His record the last year at Rhea County was 27 -2.
Coach Williams is eager to join the rich tradition of Cleveland High School and its basketball program. He has watched former CHS coaches build the legacy of the girls basketball program and can’t wait for the possibilities. Coach Williams stated, “What has happened in the past will drive where we would like to go in the future. Having known and coached against Jason McCowan, CHS Head Boys Basketball Coach, and Amy McGowan, CMS Head Girls Basketball Coach, should make for a smooth transition into the program. I look forward to working with both of these coaches.”
Williams played high school basketball in Lenoir City; the Panthers reached the sub-state his senior year. During his college career he played at Roane State Community College and Tennessee Wesleyan College. During his senior year at TWC, the Bulldogs made an appearance at the NAIA national tournament.
His first head coaching job was at Newbern Junior High in Dyer County. He was an assistant boys and girls coach at Dyer County with two boys state tournament berths in 2000 and 2001. Williams took over the boys basketball program at Lenoir City in 2004-05. He coached the Rhea County Golden Eagles from 2007-12. That same year he founded the Greenwave travel basketball program, consisting of girls teams in various age groups.
CHS Athletic Director Eric Phillips added, “I am extremely excited about this hire. Tony brings a wealth of skills that will help our girls basketball program and community. His energy is exceptional and his passion for the game will help our athletes to become the best that they can, on and off the court. I am certain that he will help our very proud basketball program to become even better.”