D.J. Williams, who served as an assistant boys and girls basketball coach at Sissonville for the past seven seasons, has taken over as boys head coach for the Indians.
Williams, 36, a Washington, D.C., native, takes over for Rich Skeen, who has been the head coach for both the boys and girls teams at Sissonville since the 2011-12 season. Skeen remains as girls coach and athletic director.
“I don’t know that you ever know when you’re ready,’’ Williams said of becoming head coach. “I was having a conversation with coach [Charles] Marshall, the women’s coach at West Virginia State, and he told me sometimes even now he feels like he’s not ready. So you never know. But I am ready for the challenge. I’m ready to help our kids get better. I’m just ready to help them achieve the things they want to do.’’
Skeen coached the Indians boys for 13 seasons, taking them to the 2010 Class AA state tournament, ending a 28-year drought. He also led the girls to back-to-back appearances in the state title game, winning in 2015. Williams said he’ll incorporate a lot of what he learned from Skeen.
“I think we’re going to take a lot of the things we’ve done in the past,’’ Williams said. “Coach Skeen has been great. There’s not too many coaches around who can say they’ve been to two state championships in a row. We’d be foolish not to keep some of the stuff he put in. We’ll also add a couple things and consult with the players and see what they like.’’
Williams was gratified to get the nod for his first head coaching position from Sissonville principal Ron Reedy and assistant principals Matt Rhodes and Melanie White.
“I’d like to thank them for having the confidence in me stepping into that role,’’ Williams said. “I know how much pride they have in Sissonville, so for them to think I’m ready to take on that challenge, to take what Coach Skeen has been doing, makes me feel good. It’s a great vote of confidence.’’