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D.J. Williams coached Sissonville’s boys for two seasons.

Sissonville boys basketball coach D.J. Williams has stepped down after two years at the helm. The Indians went 13-11 in his first season and 4-17 a year ago.

Williams, who served as an assistant on the Indians’ boys and girls teams for six years under current girls coach and athletic director Rich Skeen, cited parent pressure as the main reason for his departure.

Sissonville won a girls Class AA championship in 2015 with Williams on the staff a year after making a run to the finals before falling to Westside. The Indians fell in the state semifinals in 2016.

“It’s been a fun eight years,” Williams said. “Coach Skeen gave me a great opportunity to coach both boys and girls with him, he’s become family to me. We had back-to-back state championship appearances, winning one in 2015. We also had a final four appearance. I have developed long-lasting relationships beyond basketball while in Sissonville. There are former players and parents I still speak with to this day.

“I know I’m not the only coach whose dealt with this, but there’s a lot of jealousy and selfishness,” he added. “The majority of times it doesn’t stem from the players, but parents who are trying to control what’s on the court and what is best for their kid is often not what’s best for the team.

“I felt like it was time to step away. I always said I’d walk away when it became too much.”

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