Thomas_Williams_smThomas Williams sports a three-decade educational career in both Carolinas. He’s familiar to many as East Henderson basketball coach, and Hendersonville Middle School principal.

He taught science and physical education and coached at East Henderson High from 1966-83. He was head coach of East football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, golf, and track’s field events at various times. He led up to four sports per year. He said, like his mentor HHS Coach Ted Carter, he sought “perfection” from players. He instilled a basic offense, and sense of pride and purpose and “team-man-ship.” He said that from athletics youth learn “how to get along, and deal with ups and downs. You’re going to have knocks in life. But we gave some back, too.”

Williams taught in Hendersonville High, in 1983-84, and helped coach football. Retired HHS principal Tom Wilson added, “his leadership skills and work ethics have provided quality examples, to co-workers and students.”

Williams then took the helm of Hendersonville Middle School, as principal from 1984 until retiring in 1990. “He showed fairness,” Patsy Farmer Jones recalled. Nicky D. Roberts, who also taught for him, said he was “open to innovations.” Williams said “I told teachers their classroom was their ship. They could run it.”

Mr. Williams looks at his former students like a proud father. “We prepare children for their future citizenship and leadership,” he said. “The reward you get working with kids is seeing how they develop in the community.”

2010 Education Hall of Fame