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LC's Williams reflects on 25-year career

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

A lot has changed for Lee County Trojan baseball since Rob Williams took over as skipper in 1989.

In his early years, Williams did it all while beginning to build the Trojan baseball program.

"I would have to come back and get the concessions going, drag the field, line the field," Williams laughs. "I even sold tickets until it was time to meet up with the umpires."

Now, 25 years later, with the Lee County program one of the best and most respected in the state, Williams has decided his job is done.

"I felt like the tank was empty and it was time for someone else to take these reins," he says.

In his two and a half decades, Williams coached over 50 players who played college baseball, three who played professionally, and the 2012 National League MVP, Buster Posey.

His teams made two state championship appearances, and he won over 500 games as a head coach.

"I'm proud of where we are and what we've accomplished," Williams says. "I do feel like we run a first-class program. We play hard, and we play the game the right way."

Williams will remain as Lee County's Athletic Director, and will be responsible for hiring the man who will fill his shoes, though he doesn't know just who that will be.

"My heart says I'd love [to hire an assistant]," he says. "But my head says let's get the best individual for this baseball team."

Williams says he'll be the Trojans' "number one supporter," but says springs in Leesburg will be different knowing he won't suit up in the number 21 jersey.

But he's sure this is the right time, and he's glad he's going out now

"I always tell [my players], if you can look in the mirror at the end of the day and say you've given everything you have, that's all we can ask," Williams says. "I felt like I've done that."

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