Jeremy Williams, who has inspired many with his attitude toward the terminal diagnosis of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, has resigned as head football coach and athletics director at Greenville High School.
Williams is the subject of a new film documentary called “Season of a Lifetime” and also was featured on last year’s season-ending episode of ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” with his family. Greenville is a Class A school located 60 miles southwest of Atlanta.
“Jeremy thought he could coach this year, but he’s having a lot of breathing issues — I think he probably realized that there was no way he could stay out there on the field with the kids in this kind of heat,” Carol Lane, superintendent of Meriwether County schools, told the AJC.
“I told Jeremy he’s still part of our family and can come to Greenville High School anytime he wanted to because those kids are his life. It’s bittersweet for us, and I know it was a tough decision for Jeremy and his family. We certainly understand his decision, and we know that he wanted to do what was best for his family and his players.”
Williams met with his team to inform them of the decision to step down as coach. He had actually resigned as athletics director before the end of the school year. One of the current assistants will likely be named as the interim coach, according to Lane.
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