St. Augustine University’s legendary track coach and athletic director George Williams was fired Wednesday according to multiple reports.
Williams, who has coached at SAU for 41 years and has coached over 40 Olympians, said he isn’t sure why he was terminated.
“These people don’t care,” Williams told the Winston-Salem Journal when asked about his Hall of Fame career. “We’re getting a new president and they are doing some things around here, so that’s all I’m going to say.”
According to the News & Observer, Nick Sanservino, the attorney representing Williams, released the following statement.
“Coach Williams is a living legend who has dedicated his life to helping young people become better athletes and more importantly, better people. For over 50 years, developing future leaders has been at the core of everything he has done. He accomplished these goals, along with leading his alma mater to 39 national titles and proudly serving his country, including when coaching the 2004 Olympic track and field team. As one would imagine, he has been touched by the outpouring of appreciation and support he has received today from across this country.
Unfortunately, St. Augustine’s unlawfully terminated his employment today without cause. Coach Williams will vigorously fight for his rights so he can continue to serve the students and greater community. If there was ever an individual who should be able to complete his mission on his terms, it is Coach Williams.”
Under Williams’ watch, SAU’s men and women track and field teams have won 39 NCAA Division II national championships. Williams has won the most NCAA track and field titles of any coach, regardless of division.