Maiden High School Principal Dwayne Finger has announced the hiring of David Williams as the school's next baseball coach.
Williams spent last season as a head JV and an assistant coach under Caine Houser, who stepped down from his head coaching post to take the school's athletic director job last week.
Williams said he has spent most of his life being a part of the Blue Devil family, and becoming coach is a natural fit for him.
"Maiden baseball is something I’ve looked up to and been a part of my entire life," Williams said. "My cousin played Maiden baseball when I was in elementary school. When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to be a Maiden baseball player. That time has come and gone. I loved every second of it. I just love Maiden baseball. It’s an honor. I’m happy and excited to have the opportunity to be the head coach of the varsity baseball team."
Finger announced Williams' hiring early Wednesday morning.
“David has coached here for about three years," Finger said. "He has helped in a lot of regards. He has a vast knowledge of the game. He has the background we need."
Houser said he has confidence that Williams will do a great job as Blue Devils baseball coach.
"I have worked with Coach Williams for the past four years as my pitching coach," Houser said. "He has a vested interest in the baseball program as a former baseball standout at Maiden High School. He also spent time in the Atlanta Braves organization. He has developed genuine relationships with the players by assisting the Maiden baseball program, as well as coaching our Junior Legion team. I am confident that he will have success and continue to build the baseball program."
A former standout baseball player at Maiden High School, Williams said the task of replacing Houser will be a big one, but he is ready to move forward.
"The program was in such good hands with coach Houser," Williams said. "With him leaving, I’ve got some big shoes to fill. Most of the time when coaches come in, their main goal is the build the program. The program here is already built. I just have to maintain the program. All the work has already been done. (Houser) left the program in great condition. We have outstanding players here now. I couldn’t be more excited about Maiden baseball, the future in the next couple of years and moving forward.”
For more on Williams' hire, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.