By Chris Zadorozny
Randy Williams, head coach of the Dearborn Divine Child boys’ track squad was honored last Wednesday when he was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class.
The honor that was bestowed upon Williams, one that he says is, “a dream come true.”
Along with Kirby Blackley of the University of Findlay, and Derek Miles of the University of South Dakota, all three were inducted in a ceremony in Pueblo, CO.
“It felt good,” Williams said. “After 37 years, to be recognized for your accomplishments on the track as being one of the best is a dream come true.”
Williams is one of the best hurdlers in Division II history.
He was a two-time NCAA champion in the 400 hurdles in 1975 and 1976 and a nine-time All-American between the 400 hurdles, the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
Track & Field News ranked him in the top 10 during his time as a hurdler.
He credits his accomplishments to his coach at KSU, Dr. Kenneth Gibson.
“He taught me how to appreciate the love of the sport. Being able to run against the best in the world, week-in and week-out, prepared me on how to tackle life challenges today.”
He graduated from KSU in 1978, and said that was the biggest accomplishment for him during his time there.
“I went there for an education and received a full academic scholarship. I was able to accomplish that goal,” said Williams. “There was no way back in 1973, that I could afford to go to college.”
In 2005, he was inducted into the Kentucky State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Williams said he was proud to represent himself as a Metro Detroiter and he still is.
Williams is a 19-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department and a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard. He has served on active duty for four years, which has included two tours of duty in the Middle East.
Williams is currently in his 17th year as coach of the Dearborn Divine Child squad.
“I always tell my team that they can be the best in whatever you put your mind to,” he said.
“I also preach to my athletes the seven words that made me what I am: motivation, dedication, determination, the will, the want, the need and the desire.
“You need each of these to be successful in whatever you do; from education, sports, to career and life. If you are missing just one word, you will not be the best in what you do.”
Williams will help coach three of his athletes at the Michigan Track & Field Championships this Saturday at Forest Hill Eastern High School, just outside of Grand Rapids.
To read the original post that appeared in the Dearborn Press & Guide on May 28, 2013, go to www.miprepzone.com/pressandguide