Rod Williams was a breakaway star when he played at Fairley, now 14 years later, he is coming back to his alma mater to take the program over.
Williams, a 2000 Fairley graduate has been named as the Bulldog new head football coach replacing another former Fairley player Rahnmann Slocum who resigns after 17 years at Fairley.
“I'm a proud graduate of Fairley High School Class of 2000 and my mission is to produce an intelligent, knowledgeable and persistent young man through the game of football," Williams said.
"I will strive to win academically and athletically and my goal is to connect with a program that’s dedicated to producing winning athletes."
Williams was the offensive coordinator at Morrow (GA) high school in 2013.
During Slocum's tenure as head coach of the Bulldogs, he complied a 91-76 overall record and the school made the playoffs 12 times under his guidance.
This year's team made the Class 3A playoffs only to be beat by Lewis County.
The best team that Slocum was able to field at Fairley was the 2006 team that went 10-3 and lost to Henry County in the Quarterfinals of the 4A playoffs.
As a senior, Williams was a one man wrecking crew as he rushed for 1,885 yards and scored 25 touchdowns and the Bulldogs made the Class 4A playoffs and went 8-3.
He was a 4A Mr. Football Finalist in 1999, and was the first team all state and was the All Shelby County Metro Player of the year as well.
"We are committed to building on Fairley’s traditions, and we look forward to a great season," newly appointed Fairley Principal Marcus Jones said.
"We are pleased to announce that Rod Williams, a 2000 Fairley High alum, has been tapped to be the new Head Football Coach.”
After an injury cut short his college playing career, Williams was a graduate assistant at Albany State from 2005 to 2007.
He was also a volunteer assistant at Westwood in 2007 before coaching at Fairley in 2008-09.
I'm confident that I can bring a winning, respectable, hard-working culture to the football program," Williams said.
There will e several changes at Fairley in the 2014-15 school year as they are being turned into a charter school operated by GreenDot Public Schools based in Los Angeles.
Currently there are open jobs at Cascade, Mt. Pleasant, Dresden and Mt. Juliet Christian as schools currently looking for a head coach.
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