Reading Memorial High School Assistant Track Coach David Williams is the new head coach for the girls' team. Williams is filling the shoes of longtime head coach Ken Feit. Feit left his position after more than 30 years, but Williams had been by his side for 15.
Williams spoke highly of Feit, saying, "he was a great person, great coach, great teacher. I've learned an awful lot from Ken.”
The girls compete in different events including high jump, long jump, shot put and more. Williams said Feit taught him a lot about how to coach all of those events and how to "balance and juggle them during a practice session."
The team practices six times per week and currently holds a 2-3 record in the Middlesex League.
"The kids have been very committed to the program. They work hard and have shown continual improvement. They’ve learned to compete, so I'm very happy with their effort out there," Williams said.
When asked what he loves about coaching, Williams focused on the athletes.
“I really like the enthusiasm and energy the kids bring to the track everyday; that’s wonderful to see," he said. "I like to watch them learn how to improve, I like to watch them improve in their different races or throwing events."
RMHS Assistant Principal for Athletics and Student Activities Tom Zaya said he appointed Williams to the head coach position because he is a great person and coach who works well with students.
“Something that we value in Reading is someone that treats the kids well, that understands the point of Reading athletics,” Zaya said. "It’s educational athletics, not win at all costs.”
Williams has always been a Reading resident; he grew up in town and graduated from RMHS. He recently retired after teaching in town for 36 years. In his spare time he is an avid bird watcher and volunteer teacher with Mass Audubon.