Foundation Academy hires new boys basketball coach

Longtime Windermere Prep assistant coach Sharrod Williams will take over the Lions' hoops program.

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Foundation Academy has announced via a social media post that Sharrod Williams will become its next boys basketball coach. 

"Coach Sharrod Williams is an excellent coach with experience in program building," said Foundation Director of Athletics Robert East in the post. "We are honored to have him as our head coach! He truly believes in teaching Christian discipleship through the sport of basketball and we are confident that he will do a great job leading our program."

In his playing career, Williams was part of the Oak Ridge program from 1994-97 and went on to play in college at the University of West Florida from 1998-2001. 

He began coaching in 2004, as the head junior varsity coach at West Florida High School of Advanced Technology before joining the Windermere Prep coaching staff in 2008. Williams was an assistant for the Lakers until 2022 and was part of the 2016 state championship-winning team. He also served as the girls coach from 2009-13. 

"I want to thank Robert East and Krystal Thomas-Smith for their confidence in me," Williams said in the social media post. "I appreciate the job that Coach Hughes has done with the program and I hope to build on that success by honoring God with the gifts and people He has blessed me with to do so."

Williams will replace Nathanial Hughes, who will leave the school to become the athletics director at Baptist University of Florida

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A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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