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Mullins coaching staff quality over quantity

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Mullins—While the coaching carousel seems to be in high gear every season, it’s not often that guys stay at one school for an extended period of time.  John Williams has been a mainstay at Mullins, spending almost three decades on the sidelines, including the last six as head coach.

He doesn’t have a large staff surrounding him, as the Auctioneers have a total of four assistants.  However, it is a close-knit group that enjoys working with each other.

“We’re real close.  We all have to work together all the time.  It’s not a lot of people (on the staff) so we know each other well and discuss everything, both offensively and defensively.  We try to help each other out all the way around,” Williams said.

Defensive coordinator Tony Nelson has been around nearly as long as Williams, having coached at Mullins for a quarter of a century.  He will also mentor the linebackers.

“We’ve been through it all, the ups and the downs.  We started at the middle school level together.  I was the head coach and he was an assistant, so we’ve been together quite a long time.  We pretty much know what each other is thinking,” Williams said.

Kevin Hamilton is the offensive coordinator and will also help with quarterbacks and running backs.  Williams said his competitiveness stands out and he is always trying to outwit Nelson’s defenses during practice.

Donald Brown returns to coach the wide receivers, beginning his fifth season with the program while defensive backs/strength coach Kwinton Smith, who starred at Dillon before moving on to the collegiate level, starts his second year in the fold.

“They know what he did and they look up to him.  He’s young and the players can better relate to him when he speaks.  If I say something about college, they look at me like I’m too old,” Williams said of Smith.

Williams will continue to coach the offensive and defensive lines.  As he and his staff gear up for the season, they know they will be stretched thin and have to work very hard to see positive results.

“One of the bigger challenges is having so many coaches coaching different things.  You can’t really specialize in just one area.  We’re trying to get a jayvee team this year, but the problem will be how to manage that,” Williams said.

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