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Williams welcomes challenge
By Jesse Lamar
Sports Editor
nwasports@centurytel.net
HALEYVILLE - After landing their third head coach in a four-year span, the Haleyville Lady Lions are
setting their goals for the future under the helm of newly appointed head coach, Senn Williams.
Williams, who was formerly the head coach of the Haleyville Middle School basketball teams, comes into
the position replacing Elyse Aldridge who is now Haleyville’s full-time cross country and track coach. During
her two years with the program she built up a 9-29 record
(according to c2cschools.com) and two area runner-
up titles. While Williams was the head coach of the middle school programs, he compiled a 60-36 record
(according to c2cshools.com) over three seasons coaching both the seventh and eighth grade teams.
Last season, he coached the eighth grade team to an impressive 20-2 record while guiding the seventh grade
team to a 8-12 record. During the 2014-15 season, he led his eighth grade unit to an 11-10 record while
helming his seventh grade team to an undefeated 12-0 season. The 2013-12 season statistics are incomplete, but
according to
c2cschools.com, Williams coached his eighth grade team to a 5-8 record while the seventh grade
team finished at 4-4.
Most recently, the Lady Lions competed in Danville for their third summer play date of the off-season. The
Lady Lions have also competed at James Clemens and Lauderdale County high schools.  Williams is excited
about how his team has progressed this summer.  “I think they’re playing pretty well,” he said. “I told them that
this summer is going to be a learning experience. Them learning me and me them.”
The new head coach also recognizes that the team has to become comfortable running the new offensive and
defensive schemes. “We are all learning. They’re having to pick up on our new offensive and defensive
schemes, so there is always that little learning curve. We are more interested in working on making ourselves
better in the summer than wins and losses. No one receives a trophy for going undefeated during the summer.”
The Lady Lions will compete in five play dates this summer, having already completed three of them. The
Lady Lions are also scheduled to travel to Hartselle and Winston County high schools to test out the
competition. “To be successful, we have to buy into the things that will make us better. That’s hard work in the
weight room, being disciplined, taking the things we do in practice and carrying over to games, learning to be
more physical and to always hustle our tails off,” Williams said.
Although the environment of the game will be different, Williams is excited to accept the challenge of
coaching the varsity girls basketball team. “There will be some adjusting to the girls game, but I’m excited and
thankful for this challenge. We have already begun our summer workouts and there is already some difference
when it comes to the team’s attitude. In the end it all comes down to improving our basketball skills and
working in the weight room. We have very hard working and dedicated girls, I have already determined that.”