In the game of football, where passing and spread formations dominate the high school landscape Kevin Williams was a throwback as a coach. He loved coaching the running game and was good at it, leading El Camino Real High to some of it’s most productive seasons.
But that is coming now to an end. Williams has decided to step down as head football coach at El Camino Real at the end of the 2014 season.
Williams, 66, said he told his team of his decision after practice on Monday, Nov. 3. He also contacted the (italics) San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol (italics end) to explain his decision, adding it was neither a rash or spontaneous one.
“It’s been coming since last summer,” Williams said. “I was going to tell the team at the beginning of the season. But I didn’t want to burden this year’s team with that for the whole season.
“We have a bunch of seniors on this team, though, and I wanted them to know we are going out together.”
He added he was not having any physical problems, but did say he was feeling “a bit burned out” from the daily demands of running a program.
Williams’ teams were primarily defined by their rushing attack. He favored the double wing-T, which depends on physically strong offensive lines, and deft ball-handling by the quarterback and running backs. He did, however, expand the team’s passing schemes this year.
Birmingham Coach Jim Rose called Williams’ decision “a loss for the league and City football.”
“Before he got there, El Camino hadn’t been good in years,” Rose said. “He brought that program to where El Camino is a factor in the league race. You always had to be prepared for that double wing. And he’s a good guy.”
Williams said he planned to continue teaching physical education and weight training at El Camino Real, and would help with the football team’s offseason training program until a new coach is ready to step in.
When asked would he would like to help in the selection of the next head coach, Williams said “that’s a process I’d probably back away from.”
Athletic Director Richard Yee was also informed of the decision on Monday. Yee said the team’s season would be completed before any search of a new coach would begin. “We want to open it up and see who has interest in the job.”
Williams became head coach in 2007, replacing Sean Pollard. He brought a 44-36 record into this season. His best year at ECR was in 2009, when the Conquistadors were 12-2 overall and reached the City Section Division II championship game.
The Conquistadors will take a 6-3 record into their final regular season game against West Valley League foe Chatsworth on Friday, Nov. 7. El Camino Real is expected to make the City Division I playoffs, which will be seeded on Saturday, Nov. 8.