Alissa Williams, who was an assistant coach and interim head coach last season for the Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats’ soccer team, was promoted as the head coach of the program last Thursday.
“I am extremely excited to get to work with this program, as the players are an extraordinary group of girls,” Lady Cats head coach Alissa Williams said. “I am looking forward to getting back together with the team, being able to work with the team in practices, building the program up, and hopefully, defending our district championship.”
Williams, who teaches 7th grade Social Studies at Franklin-Simpson Middle School, took over the program on Sept. 16, replacing Dennis Anderson. The team finished the remainder of the season with a record of 5-3-1. The highlight of the season came at Logan County High School when the Lady Cats defeated the Logan County Lady Cougars 5-4 in overtime to win the 13th District Tournament championship for the first time in school history. It was 17 years, back in 2002, when they won a district championship when they defeated Muhlenberg South to win the 8th District Tournament championship.
Players are excited to have Williams now officially as the head coach of the program.
“Coach Williams being named our official head coach is really a big step in the right direction for the program,” Franklin-Simpson player Kate Norwood said. “Being my senior year I think we can make some noise. As she stepped up for us about mid season, she led us to win some huge games, and even a 13th District championship. She took over with no hesitation and the girls and I are so lucky to have her to coach.”
“Very excited to have Coach Williams as the head coach,” Lexi Phillips said. “When she was named head coach, I think it was a boost for our team. We started to play more like a team and it showed in our games. She knew what she was doing and how to play soccer and that translated to our performance on the field.”
The 2020 season is scheduled to begin in August.