Vic Williams steps down

The face of Thomas Dale football for the last quarter of a century has announced his retirement, ending a career that landed three running backs in the NFL and culminated in December with a Division 6 State Championship.

Coach Vic Williams had earlier hinted that he planned to coach for a couple more seasons, but he reconsidered in recent days.

“The cupboard is pretty well stocked for the next guy,” Williams said Saturday at the Thomas Dale Champions Golf Tournament.

Much of Williams’ career has been defined by the “Battle of Chester.” The two titans of Route 10 have developed a rivalry that is second to none, with the winner more often than not taking the spot at the top of the Richmond Metro rankings. Williams is also credited with developing the careers of William Henderson, Ken Oxendine and Rudi Johnson, who all enjoyed fine careers in professional football.

The Dale job should be one of the most attractive in central Virginia. There are a number of fine coaches on staff who may pursue the post. In addition, a large number of applications will probably come in, both from within the school system and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Although the Dale roster included a stable of significant seniors this past season, the program extends deep into Chester’s youth leagues and appears to be in great shape. The junior varsity squad had an outstanding season in 2009.

Activities Director Lee Batten now has the dubious task of replacing three high-profile head coaches over the next few weeks. Golf coach Jonathan Williams and Cross Country/Indoor Track coach Bob Gulley previously announced their intentions to pursue their SRP years during the 2010-11 school year.

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