In preparation of Liberty's annual Hall of Fame weekend in September, LFSN reporter Nick Pierce recently had a chance to talk with 2017 inductee Dave Williams.
Five new members will be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony in September. The Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 will include representatives from football, men's basketball, men's cross country/track & field and softball, as well as Liberty's strength and conditioning program.
The five-member class, the ninth to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, will be honored during special ceremonies surrounding Liberty's football match-up with St. Francis, Pa., on Sept. 30 at Williams Stadium.
Williams is considered one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the country. He helped to develop Liberty's student-athletes for more than 30 years before his retirement in the spring of 2017.
Williams is a certified strength and conditioning coach (C.S.C.S.), who served as Liberty's head strength and conditioning coach for 21 years (1984-2005). Following the 1992-93 athletic year, Williams was named a finalist for the national Strength Coach of the Year, an honor given to strength and conditioning coaches in the professional and collegiate ranks.
Williams was honored by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association when he was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach. Williams, along with head strength and conditioning coach Bill Gillespie, were the first pair of honored coaches at the same institution at the NCAA Division I FCS level with this distinction.
Williams earned Associated Press Little All-America honors while playing collegiately at Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.Va. He played both offensive and defensive line and was a two-year co-captain at Fairmont State, who was NAIA National Champion in 1967. In 2003, the school honored Williams as he was inducted into the Fairmont State College Athletic Department Hall of Fame.