Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The Williams Baptist College athletic department did not have to go far to find a replacement when Carol Halford announced her retirement as head women's basketball coach. Director of Athletics Jeff Rider announced that longtime assistant coach John Mayberry will be taking over for the legendary Halford.
"I have watched Coach Mayberry grow and mature as a coach. His loyalty and commitment to our athletic program is admirable and I am excited that he will get the opportunity to be our head women's basketball coach," stated Rider.
Mayberry takes the reins after serving as assistant coach for the Lady Eagles over the past six seasons. Previous to that, he spent time as an assistant coach for the men's program, as well as being a player in the program.
"I am very appreciative of WBC President Dr. Tom Jones and Coach Rider for supporting me and providing me with this opportunity. It is a tremendous honor to serve Williams at this position," said Mayberry.
The Lady Eagles have won 95 games in his time as assistant, as well as having 14 all-conference selections and three All-Americans. There have also been 45 academic all-conference honorees during that period.
"I plan to continue with some of the same philosophies and style of play that we have instilled over the last several years. Coach Halford has taught me that sometimes you have to adjust your style of play in order to obtain the best results from your players," stated Mayberry.
The Hot Springs, Ark., native takes over for Halford, who is stepping down as coach after 33 years and numerous accolades. Halford will remain at WBC, where she is assuming responsibilities as chair of the Division of Professional Studies, and she will continue to chair the Department of Physical Education. (read about it here)
"I would like to thank Coach Halford. Without her support and leadership, this would not be possible. I have a deep respect for her and what she has accomplished in her time here. She has been an outstanding mentor and friend, not only to me, but to my wife Kimberly, as well. She will always hold a special place in our hearts," summed up Mayberry.
Mayberry will remain in his role as director of student life at Williams, and he will continue recruiting for basketball, stating that he still has scholarships available for the 2017-18 school year. Those interested can contact him by phone at 870-759-4119, or email [email protected].
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