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Williams Jumps onto the Court with New General

10/29/2011

On Saturday, November 5, Coach Josh Austin and the Williams Baptist College men’s basketball team will step onto their home court and compete against Ecclesia College at 4 p.m.  It marks the start of a new era for Eagles basketball.  

After 15 years on the sidelines coaching, WBC Director of Athletics Jeff Rider has passed the torch to Austin.  Entering his first year as the head Eagle, Austin has installed a high tempo-high pressing style of basketball that he believes will excite the fan base.

Williams is returning its top two leading scores in Kyle Harvey and Wes Livingston.  Harvey averaged 20.4 points a game and 7.8 rebounds a game on his way to becoming an honorable mention All-American.  

Livingston was second on the team in points per game with 14.6 and 5.8 rebounds a game, which earned him honorable mention All-Conference. 

WBC will have to fill the void left by senior Marcus Massey, who finished his final season of competition last year.  Austin has brought in seven newcomers to the team in hopes of creating competition to take Massey’s place.

The new coach has relied on his three seniors -- Alex Garmrath, Logan Chappell and Spencer Templeton -- to provide the leadership throughout pre-season.   “They lead vocally, but more importantly they lead by example,” Austin said.

Austin is also emphasizing the importance of each team member striving to be a better player, person and teammate at the end of each day.   He added, “This attitude will enable us to reach our goals.”

Austin revealed some of the keys of the season for the Eagles.  He said, “We have to defend, and be patient on offense.  If we stay focused on the small details, we will reach the big details.” 

Along with the three seniors, WBC has seven juniors, three sophomores, and four freshmen. 

Austin has also brought in a new assistant coach, Michael Holder, who was a standout player when Austin coached at Central Baptist College.  Holder commented, “This is an exciting time to be around this program.  We are going to work hard each day and the outcome will show itself on the court.”

More information on Williams men’s basketball and other sports is available all year at www.twitter.com/wbcsports and www.williamsbaptistcollege.com/athletics.

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