NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head baseball coach Bob Rikeman is pleased to announce the addition of Tommy Williams to the baseball coaching staff.
Originally from Richmond, Va., Williams is a 1981 graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned four letters in baseball under coach June Raines. He played on the 1977 NCAA College World Series team and the 1981 fourth place College World Series team.
“Tommy Williams is an excellent coach who brings great coaching and playing experience to our program,” Rikeman said. “His success on the field and as a head coach, as well as his familiarity with high school baseball in South Carolina, will be a great asset as we continue to improve this program.”
“I'm excited to join the Newberry College family as part of the baseball staff,” Williams said. “I look forward to making the most of the opportunity to work with these kids and coach Rikeman.”
Williams served as head baseball coach at Lexington High School from 1984 through the 2004 season. During this time he compiled a record of 432 wins and 136 losses. His teams won 10 region championships. The 1992, 1994, and 1999 teams were AAAA state champions and the 1991 and 2003 teams were AAAA state runner-ups.
During his tenure at LHS 28 players were named to play in the North/South All Star Game and 76 players signed athletic grants to play college baseball. At the end of the 2004 season he resigned as baseball coach to serve as Assistant Athletic Director. The last three years he has served as head baseball coach at Batesburg-Leesville High School where he compiled a record of 53 wins and 29 losses to make his career record of 485 wins and 165 losses. At the end of the 2009 school year he retired from public education.
Williams has been married 30 years to Paula and they have two grown children, Stephen and his wife Allie, and Stephanie Kluszczynski and her husband Tomasz. He and his wife live in Lexington.