CONVENTION: George Williams Honored With George Dales Award

George Williams is this year’s recipient of the George Dales Award.

Williams was feted on Tuesday during the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony Presented by REKORTAN. It’s only fitting that Williams was honored on that night, as Williams was inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005 during a legendary career as the head coach of men’s and women’s track & field at Saint Augustine’s.

The George Dales Award is named in honor of longtime Western Michigan coach George Dales for his relentless pursuit in the growth and development of cross country and track & field over more than half a century. This award is presented annually to an individual who, like Dales, enhanced the profession of coaching cross country and track & field.

During his career, Williams-coached teams at Saint Augustine’s amassed a total of 39 NCAA Division II championships – third most by a coach at any NCAA level. A total of 42 falcons have competed in the Olympics.

In addition to his tenure as head coach, Williams served a number of other roles at saint Augustine’s: athletic director for 23 years, director of alumni affairs, admissions counselor, and even head basketball coach. In 2011, Saint Augustine’s built a new football and outdoor track & field stadium and named it the George Williams athletic complex.

In 2004, Williams reached the pinnacle of the sport when he was given the honor of head U.S. Olympic track & field coach at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He also served as an assistant coach for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team in Atlanta, where each athlete he coached won a gold medal.

In November 2003, Williams made history – arranging for Saint Augustine’s to become the only historically black college to host the NCAA Cross Country Championships to date.