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Q&A with Scotty Williams, New CHHS Athletic Director

1. Hometown: 
Goldsboro, North Carolina (Rosewood High)
 
2. College: 
East Carolina University
 
3. Favorite Sports Team(s): 
Duke Basketball, ECU Football, Carolina Panthers NFL Football, Charlotte Hornets NBA Basketball
 
4. How did you get into athletics? What do you love about it? 
I have a heart for high school athletics that goes back to childhood when my Dad was the sports editor for our hometown newspaper, the Goldsboro News-Argus. I spent a lot of my nights chasing foul balls at baseball fields, helping him with stats for basketball and football, and listening to him interview coaches post-game. From there I played basketball, ran cross country and played tennis in high school and became an assistant varsity basketball coach under Shelly Marsh at West Johnston when I graduated from ECU. 
 
I love athletics because of the chance to add value to kids and help them become their best selves. It taught me to love the grind, stay later and work harder to get what you want. I love being able to be part of something that can be so helpful and positive for young people.
 
5. Who are the people that have influenced you most as a leader?
As a coach, I was heavily influenced by John Wooden and his philosophies - his quotes are golden, and I recommend his book, You Haven't Taught Until They Have Learned, for any teacher.
 
Daniel Baynes and Rick Grantham were two people from my high school that influenced me - Baynes as an amazing relationship wizard of a social studies teacher (and cool as the Fonz to boot!), and Rick as a coach who believed in me and mentored me even though I couldn't do much to help his team as a player.
 
As an athletic administrator, I have to credit Jimmy Williams, Joey Worley, Brian Roach and Josh Plisko. Jimmy, Joey and Brian got me into athletic administration and showed me the ropes. Josh empowered me to learn and grow, and all four have been great friends along the way.
 
6. What’s the best advice you've been given or that you can give to an athlete?
Give all your energy to the 98% that you can control, and the 2% that you cannot control will take care of itself.
 
7. What's the best way to keep up with you and Pirate Athletics?
You can keep up with athletics through our Instagram and Twitter pages at @chpiratesports. If you need to reach me directly, I'm available through my email at scottywilliams@johnston.k12.nc.us. Please don't hesitate to ask if there's anything I can do to support you. I can't guarantee I'll always say yes, but I can guarantee that I'll listen.
 
8. What are your expectations for the athletics department here at CHHS?
I expect our student-athletes to have discipline, hustle and respect. Our vision is to empower everyone we work with to succeed at the next level, and our mission is to create meaningful growth experiences for our student-athletes every day. We have great coaches here at Corinth and my personal aim is to help them reach their next level so they can, in turn, help our athletes and community do the same.