Varsity Boys Basketball
Basketball Accolades and Championships
2018: GHSA Class A Playoffs
2015: GHSA Class A Playoffs
2004: GISA Region Champions
2002: GISA Final Four
(2019-20 Team Picture by Edge Photo Studios)
Marvin Williams, Head Coach
Years Teaching & Coaching: Has spent more than 31 years as a basketball coach.
Alma Mater: Master of Science, Educational Leadership, Walden University, and Bachelor of Arts, Education, Eastern Washington University.
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Chronicles 16:11
Church Attended: Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta.
Family: Married to Mary Rose. They have four children (Marvin Jr., Monica, Michael and Marlon) and two grand children.
Awards, Accomplishments: Named Teacher of the Year in 2008-09. Phi Eta Psi Fraternity, Inc. Honor and Service Fraternity.
Other Important Biographical Information: Has coached basketball in various capacities for more than 30 years. Served two seasons as a varsity boys basketball assistant coach at Fellowship (2016-18) and one as head coach for JV boys head coach (2017-18). Prior to joining FCS, served as head coach at Osborne High School, junior varsity girls coach at Marietta High School, head varsity girls coach at Flint Academy and head assistant to the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team. Has coached several AAU teams. Professional Development Day Speaker at Cobb County Schools. Served as Student Mediator (between students and administration) at Cooper Middle School. Member of Board of Directors, Y.M.C.A, Lansing, Mich., from1989-1990.
Coaching Philosophy: “Success is a peace of mind which comes as a direct result of knowing that you did the best you are capable of becoming.” — John Wooden
Although I may take certain suggestions or attributes from a particular coach, I’ve always tried to be the best me I could be and do what I felt was right.
LEARNING -- I believe that it is important to seek as much advice and knowledge from other coaches as one possibly can.
TOUCH PEOPLE’S LIVES -- I don’t ever lose sight of the tremendous impact that I am having on young people’s lives. It is my moral responsibility, then to use this unique opportunity in a positive manner to help prepare our young people for life.
Because of their keen interest and emotional involvement in sport, athletes will be hanging on every word we say. Many times, we may not think we are reaching them, but what we say to them in practice can determine how good their dinner will taste and how well they sleep at night. An incidental cutting remark, which I may forget about as soon as it is said, can stay with that young person and be a source of pain for a longer time than one may ever know.
We as coaches will touch our athletes’ lives by what we say, what we do, and even by what we think because the athletes can read us. We must never forget the impact we’re having, even when it is not readily visible.
OBJECTIVES -- I establish objectives with my athletes. Always keeping in mind that the game is for the players, and that they are the most important part of any program. Yes, the coach provides the leadership, but it’s the athletes who must be the main focus
PLAYER OBJECTIVES -- A fundamental job of a coach is to help the athletes get their priorities in order. I encourage players to devote themselves to four things: God, family, school and basketball.
Everything else must come after. Show me young people who have their priorities in order, and Ill show you players who have the best chance of getting the most out of their lives, both on and off the court.
These four cornerstones came as a result of stepping back and taking a look at the characteristics I wanted in a player. My primary emphasis on a strong spiritual commitment results from experience; those with such a conviction are better able to meet life’s challenges than those without one. Second, I have found that young people who are loyal and devoted to their families are more capable of becoming loyal and devoted members of a team. Third, academics are the purpose of school; a student who is willing to work hard toward that purpose is more likely to work hard toward becoming a better basketball player and helping the team. And fourth, basketball is the sport the athlete is playing, so obviously a strong commitment to that is necessary as well.
Players who demonstrate these priorities are far superior to those with equal talent who do not have such objectives. Give me a dozen such players, and I’ll be happy because that team will be successful, regardless of the level of talent.
Kids today want the same things as kids did when I started coaching 40+ years ago. They seek guidance, discipline, and people who are interested in them.
TEAM OBJECTIVES -- My team objectives are very simple, and they never change.
- We’re going to play hard.
- We’re going to play smart
- We’re going to have fun.
PLAY HARD -- When I tell players to “play hard,” I want them to give everything they have to every second out on the basketball floor. One cannot reach full potential without putting in maximum effort into everything he does.
PLAY SMART -- I try to get each player to work within the team offense and team defense.
HAVE FUN -- I want basketball players to remember that basketball is a game, and their primary reason for participating in the sport is simply for the pleasure they experience while playing it. They won’t get any enjoyment if they play a game feeling afraid to lose, or feeling that they must win at all costs. I want my players to play with this mindset: Basketball is just a game, it’s supposed to be fun, and we can have fun while we are busy playing hard and playing smart.
Coaches’ Objectives -- I believe the biggest personal goal that I as a coach must have is to do the best I can to have my team as well prepared as possible.
From a professional point of view, we, like our players, should work hard to become the best that we can possibly be. I am continually adding to my knowledge of the game through
- Reading as many books as I can get my hands on.
- Attending clinics
- Exchanging information freely with fellow coaches, and
- Asking intelligent questions of the right people.
Over the years, I have found that basketball is full of nice people, and that coaches at every level are ready and willing to share information.
Assistant coaches: Harold Wilson, Samuel Jackson, Sammy Smsia
JV head coach: Isaac Taylor
Updated: May 26, 2020