Friday, July 28, 2017
Jacob Williams named Joplin R-8 middle school athletic director
At the July 25, 2017 Board of Education meeting, Mr. Jacob Williams was named athletic director for Joplin Middle Schools. In this role, Williams will manage the middle school athletic program and intramural basketball program at all Joplin Schools.
Williams is replacing Matt Hiatt who was recently named athletic director of Joplin High School (JHS).
"As an educator and coach with the district, Jacob has shown a strong work ethic, a passion for Joplin Athletics, and the ability to motivate our student athletes to reach their potential both in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Matt Hiatt, Athletic Director for JHS. “Jacob's experience and abilities will no doubt have a positive impact on our middle school programs, as he transitions into this leadership role. I am excited for the opportunity to work closely with Jacob, on a daily basis," added Hiatt.
"I am extremely passionate about our athletics in Joplin and want to see our student athletes excel in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Jacob Williams, Athletic Director for Joplin Middle Schools. “I am excited for the opportunity to serve our students, coaches, and community through this position. I also want to say how grateful I am for my fellow teachers and coaches that I have worked with in the school district. Without your
guidance, support, and mentorship, I would not be in this position,” added Williams. “Go Eagles!"
Williams most recently taught physical education at JHS. Prior to his time at JHS, Williams taught physical education and North and East Middle Schools. In addition to his teaching experience, Williams has been coaching for seven years. This includes being part of the boys’ basketball program for seven years, the track and field program for six years, the volleyball program for four years, and the cross country program for two years. His coaching experiences have resulted in exposure to athletics at the middle school level and high school level.
Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri Southern State University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from William Woods University.
Williams and his wife, Erin, have two daughters, and another one on her way in August.