This past Monday Taylor boys’ head basketball coach Michael Williams announced that he will transition to Thorndale to take over a Bulldog program that has high expectations.

“I was not looking to leave Taylor and the decision to move on to Thorndale was not an easy one, but after a lot of reflection, talking to family and mentors, I felt like it was the right move for me and my family,” Williams said. “Taylor is a place that loves hoops and has some tradition in basketball, and I have no doubt that it will continue in the future.

Coach Williams arrived at Taylor, from Lexington in 2017 and over his three seasons returned Taylor Duck basketball to prominence. While at Taylor he compiled a record of 56-36 overall and a 15-15 district record.

After an initial 10-win season at Taylor, Williams guided the Ducks to back-to-back 20 plus win seasons. Last season heled the Ducks to a Bi-District title with a win over Wimberley.  

As a mostly quiet person, Coach Williams also went on to thank members of the Taylor school district. 

“I am grateful to Coach Purser and Mr. Maddox for giving me a chance to lead the program when they hired me three years ago and to Coach Little and Coach Cobb for their support this season,” Williams said.

He also shared his appreciation and support from his staff and players.

“I'm glad to have gotten to meet and work with the legend Coach Gerald Jones. Of course, the most important aspect of any sports program are the young men that compete. I am thankful for the relationships, memories, and journey with the young men that I coached. I am proud of how much they have grown and what they have accomplished. They set extremely high standards and goals for themselves and I think they have left their legacy on the program that they can be proud of.” Williams said.

Also, during his tenure at Taylor, Williams won his 100th game as a head coach.

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