DSU President Harry L. Williams has added a new title to his vita – assistant basketball coach.
Assistant Coach (Dr.) Harry L. Williams watches the progress of a game with Team Inferno Head Coach James Culver, a DSU 1998 alumnus.
Dr. Williams is an assistant volunteer coach for the Kent and Sussex Basketball Program and coaches a middle school aged boys team called Team Inferno. The youth in the program come from Kent and Sussex counties of Delaware.
Dr. Williams is in familiar company on the team: Team Inferno Head Coach James Culver is a DSU alumnus, class of 1998.
Oh yes, and Dr. Williams’ son Gavin plays guard on team.
The sports activity is a community service effort that also involves Dr. Gwendolyn Scott-Jones, DSU associate professor and Department of Psychology chair, who developed the program in the spring of 2011.
Dr. Jones, who serves as the program director, said the program utilizes the sport of basketball as a vehicle to focus on the following aims: educational, psychological, physical and social development. All youth are required to attend mandatory educational seminars monthly while participating in the program.
Gavin Williams, Dr. Williams' youngest son, plays guard on Team Inferno.
She said organization targets youth ages 12-18 both male and female with an emphasis on identifying at risk youth from low socio-economic backgrounds with familial and social adjustment difficulties.
“Moreover, the program will assist the youth with developing positive sportsmanship attitudes, self-esteem, character building and leadership development,” Dr. Jones said. “These aforementioned qualities will help the youth grow into confident, intelligent men and women.”
Dr. Williams' Team Inferno made it to the league's championship finals on July 12, but lost to Team United by 3 points.