ASHEVILLE – David Williams is leaving Maiden High to become head baseball coach at A.C. Reynolds, a report by WLOS-TV 13 on Tuesday night said (see link below).
The move means Maiden will have both a new head baseball coach and new head varsity girls’ basketball coach this school year.
Maiden athletic department officials and Williams — also head coach of Maiden’s American Legion baseball team and a Maiden graduate — were not available for comment late Tuesday night.
He coached the Blue Devils in varsity baseball for six seasons, and he was their varsity girls’ basketball head coach each of the last two seasons.
Williams replaces Bryan Craig at A.C. Reynolds (250 wins in 16 seasons).
Williams came to Maiden as a teacher-coach in 2011 after a pro baseball career in the Atlanta Braves organization. He was a 37th-round pick after a college career that included being named Freshman of the Year at UNC Asheville.
Williams was All-South Atlantic League (SAL) in 2006.
At Maiden, he coached junior varsity basketball and baseball and took over varsity baseball in 2013 after current Blue Devils athletic director Caine Houser coached the varsity baseball team for two years.
Williams’ six teams at Maiden went 72-80, which includes a 5-17 overall record last season and 4-10 record in the South Fork 2A. The Blue Devils missed the postseason for the first time under Williams.
Maiden was 11-12 in 2013 under Williams and lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Shelby. The next year, the Blue Devils went 12-10 and lost in the second round of the postseason to East Rutherford.
Maiden was 14-10 in 2015, falling in the second round of the state playoffs to East Lincoln, and finished 17-11 in 2016 after falling to Parkwood in the second round of the state playoffs.
In girls’ basketball, the Blue Devils went 21-7 in Williams’ two seasons and 40-14 overall. Last season, they were 11-3 in the South Fork 2A and closed at 19-6 after a first-round 2A loss to South Rowan.
In his first season, Williams guided Maiden (21-8) to its first 20-win season (in records dating back to 1977-78). The Blue Devils advanced to the third round of the state playoffs before being eliminated by Smoky Mountain.