Carbon Hill gets its man

Chavis Williams named Bulldogs’ football coach

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 5/20/19

Carbon Hill has its new football coach — and it’s a familiar face.

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Carbon Hill gets its man

Chavis Williams named Bulldogs’ football coach


Carbon Hill has its new football coach — and it’s a familiar face.

Chavis Williams, who has been an assistant coach at the school for the last four seasons, was officially named the Bulldogs’ head coach at Tuesday’s Walker County Board of Education meeting.

Williams replaces Scott Curd, who stepped down from his position after three years to pursue a coaching job at the collegiate level. Curd is now an offensive analyst/offensive line quality control coach at UAB.

Williams, 29, played at Dora High School before taking his talents to the University of Alabama. He was a linebacker on the Tide’s 2009 national championship team. He played professionally for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.

“This is what I wanted. God placed me here for a reason,” said Williams, who also thanked Curd for giving him the job as defensive coordinator three years ago. “(Curd) did a good job of getting the program back.”

The Bulldogs narrowly missed out on the playoffs in 2018, finishing 5-5 — the school’s best record in more than a decade.

“We’ve got great kids here. They are hard-working kids, blue-collar kids. They come to work every day. I couldn’t ask for a better situation,” Williams said.

The Bulldogs will have plenty of new faces at skill positions this season after the departure of All-State receiver Carson McGinnis as well as long-time quarterback Jon Michael Madison, running back Brandon Scoles and linebacker Jev Windham.

“We lost a great senior class. We watched those kids grow up. Their leadership will be missed,” Williams said. “Others will have to step up. We are working toward that. We are making progress every day.”

Williams first came to Carbon Hill as the defensive line coach under head coach Woody Smothers in 2015. He was promoted to defensive coordinator the following year under Curd.

“I always wanted to be the best assistant I could be. I have a passion for the game and a passion for the kids,” Williams said.

Carbon Hill is coming off a 2018 season that saw the defense allow less than 200 points for the first time since 2002. Only Winfield and Gordo scored more than 21 points against the Bulldogs. The defense not only recorded its first shutout since 2004, but had back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1989.

Williams is hoping for another stellar season on the defensive side of the ball in 2019.

“We want to be able to control the line of scrimmage, be aggressive on defense, finish blocks and be physically dominant. What we do from June 3 to July 28 (summer workouts) will decide how well we do next season. We want everyone to think as one — that’s the big thing for us.”

Williams said his coaching staff isn’t finished just yet.

“We still have to complete it, but I like the guys we do have on the staff,” he added.