Coaches Showcase: Dowagiac’s Mike Williams

Mike Williams is the Dowagiac varsity soccer coach.

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as a coach?

MW: Building and maintaining a successful and competitive soccer program.

Mike Williams

What has been one of your biggest disappointments as a coach?

MW: Not a disappointment in my team, but in 2004-05 we had a team that could make a run for a state championship and fell short in regionals as time expired in overtime. We had several opportunities to win on the golden goal rule but were unlucky.

Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

MW: My dad, he is and has always been my biggest supporter and influence in life. He has set a great example of what it means to be a great human being.

When are you the most nervous while you team is competing?

MW: When we are in a tight game for a championship.

Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.

MW: I don’t get embarrassed easily, but the kids laughed when a ball boy threw a ball and it hit me in the head during Wednesday’s game in Berrien Springs.

What other sport would you like to coach in if you were not coaching yours?

MW: I have coached wrestling and track, but I would coach golf to be able to golf for free.

Why are sports an important part of a high school experience?

MW: As you mentioned in a recent article; athletics are a lot more about building character, commitment, perseverance and an understanding of what it means to be part of a team.

How would you give away $50,000?

MW: To homeless veterans, the people that made sacrifices for our freedoms.

If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?

MW: I’m coaching that team. I would like to keep the kids I have now until I retire.

If I did not coach sports, I would…?

MW: Do side work installing vinyl siding and travel with my family.

What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?

MW: Maintain commitment year round

If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

MW: I could coach my players in the offseason.

What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?

MW: My team’s effort on a regular basis is impressive. We have been working hard all year round in preparation for each fall season and they continue to put in the work to get better. 

What is your favorite hobby? Why?

MW: Traveling. I enjoy experiencing different cultures.

Choose one word to describe yourself:

MW: Passionate.

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