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Johnnie Williams

Inducted 1994

A highly lauded, extremely successful coach and administrator, Johnnie Williams has a career that has ranged from high school to college.

However, he is best known for his accomplishments at Florida A&M University High School in Tallahassee, which he built into one of the most respected athletic programs in the state.

A multi-sport standout at Louisville, Ky., Central High School, Williams earned a football scholarship to Florida A&M University in 1956, playing under the legendary Jake Gaither. At Florida A&M, he starred in football as a linebacker and guard for the Rattlers during their 1957 and 1959 national championship seasons.

Williams began his professional career in 1961 as a coach at Jefferson County High School in Monticello. He returned to Tallahassee in 1966 as athletic director and head coach in football, boys basketball and track at FAMU High until 1980.

Under his leadership, the Baby Rattlers football team became the first in Florida history to win three consecutive state championships (1976, 1977, 1978). On the basketball court they were equally impressive in winning three state championships (1973,1974,1976) and finishing once as state runner-up (1978). The track team under Williams also made its mark, finishing as state runner-up in 1973 and 1978.

After leaving FAMU High in 190 for college coaching jobs at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, Alabama A&M University and Florida A&M University, Williams returned to the high school ranks in 1990 at Shanks High School in Quincy, where he currently is head football coach and head girls basketball coach.

In 24 years of coaching on the high school level, Williams has compiled a 102-70-3 record in football, a 213-119 mark in boys basketball and an 88-16 record in girls basketball.

Williams has been inducted into both the Florida A&M Sports Hall of Fame (1987) and the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame (1993).