After 23 years working at Georgia Military College (GMC), Bert Williams announced his retirement as the school’s athletic director and head football coach, according to the Union-Recorder.
His coaching career began in 1990 at the University of Georgia and after four years, he transitioned to Union College as the offensive coordinator. Williams was eventually offered a job at GMC in 1997 and became their head football coach three years later, the Union-Recorder reported.
During his tenure, GMC’s football team has appeared in 10 NJCAA bowl games and won a national championship in 2001. Williams’ record as head football coach reached 156-58. He was named National Coach of the year in 2001, 2002 and 2013 as well as being the first active coach to be inducted into the NJCAA Football Hall of Game in 2010, according to the Union-Recorder.
His final day at GMC will be Nov. 3, with retirement set for Jan. 1, 2021. Williams’ will be focusing on his health due to a cancer diagnosis. A university-hosted retirement ceremony will be livestreamed Nov. 3.
“This is a very difficult decision for me but it is the right one for me and my family,” Williams said in a statement. “The next step in my fight against cancer will be a long and onerous one and will simply not allow me to lead our athletic department or our football program…”