SALTILLO — Two coaching vacancies were recently filled with Alicia Williams and Dexter Ivy hired according to Saltillo school officials.
Saltillo athletic director Bill Giles said Williams will be the head softball coach, girls basketball assistant and also have some teaching duties. Ivy is the new head girls basketball coach. Ivy will also have other duties, Giles said.
Williams, a graduate of Mount Vernon, played softball for the Lady Tigers and then at Northeast Community College and Southern Arkansas University when she a student athlete.
Williams will be taking on her first high school coaching assignment. She has coached at Northeast CC, Paris Junior College, Fort Scott (Kansas) CC, Newman University (Kansas); Grand View University (Des Moines, Iowa).
“I am excited about coaching high school. I have only coached on the college level,” said Williams. “I know the program has been successful. I want to take it to the next level.”
Saltillo is the defending softball district champion. They were coached last year by Donald Haynes.
Williams said, “I would like the softball program to be just as successful as the Saltillo girls basketball has been. I want to get the girls out. I am so supportive of them, if they are also involved in other sports. I want the entire athletic program to be successful.”
“I am an aggressive coach, I like my team to run and steal bases,” Williams said. “Softball is a simple game and we want to do the things to become successful. I don’t know how many girls I have coming back. I want them all to come out and learn my style of coaching.”
Ivy will take over the reins of the Saltillo girls basketball program.
The Lady Lionts went 32-6 last year and advanced to the State Class A, Div. II playoffs, losing in the championship game under longtime Saltillo coach Garry Davison.
Ivy, a 25-year veteran of the coaching field, is coming to Saltillo after a successful 11-year run at Princeton. His teams have won or shared the district title five times. The team made the playoffs nine of 12 years. The Lady Panthers advanced to bi-district, five times to area, once to regional quarterfinals and reached the regional semifinals three times.
Ivy said he became interested in the job in Saltillo through his longtime friend coach Giles.
Ivy, a native of Quinlan Ford and a Texas A&M-Commerce University graduate, said he is looking forward to his new assignment with the Lady Lions.
“Defense is what I have done in the past. My teams have relied on playing good defense, I will keep coaching that way,” Ivy said. “Defense is a huge part of the game. Looking at my teams, I would say that defense was a strength. In practice, we did not work just on defense. We use a high-low offense. But we will have to adapt to the players we have at Saltillo.”
Ivy continued, “I’ve coached the press before, I know I can teach it. We might use it, it just depends. You have to have quick, athletic players to run it right. We hopefully we get the players out to run it. Right now I don’t know what we have to work with. I know we will be a young team.”
“I am ready to get my feet wet and start coaching,’ Ivy said.
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