Bobby Williams 1957

Bobby Williams moved from Tennessee to Dayton for his senior year at Stivers and made an immediate impact on the Tiger football squad. Bobby had been All Conference on the Homestead High School team. Coach Jim Hanby recognized Bobby’s skills and installed him into the starting lineup. Bobby’s superior performance throughout the season earned him All City Defensive Guard on both the Dayton Daily News and Journal Herald teams.

Bobby received a football scholarship to Central State University, started four games as a freshman and received a varsity letter.

Bobby withdrew from school after his freshman year and joined the United States Air Force. He had been introduced to the sport of boxing during his senior year at Stivers. In fact, Bobby was named “Outstanding Athlete” in boxing by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. ┬áHe had much success in boxing during his military career. Bobby won 1st Place in the France Sports District and 2nd Place in the USAF Europe.

After 8 years in the USAF, Bobby received a sports scholarship to the University of Dayton where he was a trainer for football, wrestling and baseball. He graduated from UD in 1970 and received his Master Degree in 1976. Bobby made the Deans List and was a member of the Education Honor Society.

Bobby was employed by Dayton Schools in 1971 where he taught and coached several sports including football, wrestling, tennis, golf and basketball. He was a teacher of Health and Physical Education while coaching at Patterson, Stivers, Stivers-Patterson, Belmont and Meadowdale High Schools. He also qualified wrestlers for the Ohio State Tournament in his five years of coaching wrestling. Bobby was the Wheel Chair Basketball coach at Wright State University for 2 year where his team won the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Championship in 1979.

Bobby retired from teaching and coaching in 1990. He volunteers at Miami Valley Hospital and Kittyhawk golf course in retirement. Bobby has a sister and brother in the Dayton area and a sister in Crossville, Tennessee.

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