RALEIGH, N.C. – Athletics Director and legendary Track & Field Head Coach George Williams of Saint Augustine’s University was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame at the Raleigh Convention Center on Monday night, October 7, 2013.
“This is where I live so anytime you are honored in your home it is greater than any other honor,” Williams said. “What made it so great is so many of my friends and supporters were here.”
Williams was among eight individuals and two organizations inducted for their contributions to the city of Raleigh. Each inductee was honored with a video tribute and an award. Judge Cressie Thigpen narrated Williams’ video tribute. St. Aug President Dianne Boardley Suber and University administrators, athletic staff members, and faculty/staff members in addition to family and friends supported Williams at the ceremony.
The U.S. Track & Field Head Coach at the 2004 Olympics, Williams has led St. Aug to 33 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships. He has coached over 600 All-American student-athletes, 39 Olympians and four Olympic gold medalists. His student-athletes have a 95 percent graduation rate.
This is the seventh Hall of Fame induction for Williams, a St. Aug alum who has coached the University’s track & field and cross country teams since 1976. Williams is also in the CIAA Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame, the Saint Augustine’s University Hall of Fame, the Booker T. Washington High School (Miami, Fla.) Hall of Fame and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame.