After six years as a Crowder assistant coach, former Crowder player Kyle Williams has accepted the assistant coach position at NCAA Division II Cameron in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Williams played two seasons at Crowder and along with Crowder head coach Travis Lallemand and fellow Crowder assistant Tyler Sawyer, Williams participated in both JUCO World Series appearances. Williams and Sawyer played in 2010 and coached in 2017.
Williams primarily worked with catchers and hitters during his Crowder assistantship and, perhaps more importantly, he coordinated recruiting.
Lallemand touched on the importance of Williams and Sawyer to Crowder’s success after Lallemand earned victories Nos. 500 and 501 last season.
“They were here on the first World Series team in 2010,” Lallemand said. “They came back on another group (2011) that won 42 games. Not only were they great players here, but they’re continuing their legacy as coaches, as well, and I couldn’t be happier to have those guys beside me, because it’s like a family. It’s not your typical coaching staff. Those guys have been around me a long time. Just the whole way we run the program, it’s a family-oriented environment, so this 500 wins is shared among every player who’s ever put that uniform on.”
Several former Crowder players — including Aaron Ashby, T.J. Wood, and Aaron Patton — reached out to Williams and congratulated him for the Cameron job.
The Cameron Aggies come off a 15-32 overall and 5-19 Lone Star Conference record and their conference foes included West Texas A&M, Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Angelo State, Eastern New Mexico, and UT Permian Basin. West Texas and Kingsville each reached 40 wins last season and four teams surpassed 30.
Cameron won 30 games overall in 2017, 31 in 2016, 19 in 2015, 19 in 2014, 12 in 2013, 22 in 2012, 33 in 2011, 29 in 2010, 42 in 2009, and 35 in 2008.
The Roughriders, meanwhile, tallied 260 wins over the past six seasons with one 50-win and four 40-win seasons. Crowder had a winning season all six years.
Crowder won 85 games during Williams’ two seasons as player, so the ‘Riders won 345 games during his time as player and coach.