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|Lifetime Achievement Awards to be Presented at Bayou Jamb|
Monroe, LA – Two area coaches with numerous accolades and dozens of
years of experience between them will be honored during Bayou Jamb 2012 on Saturday, August 25, at ULM's Malone Stadium. Bayou Jamb is brought to the area by St. Francis Medical Center, Capital One Bank, Louisiana Army National Guard and the Orthopaedic Clinic.
Representatives from St. Francis Medical Center and Capital One Bank will present Lifetime Achievement Awards to Coach A. L. Williams of Ruston and Coach Pat Collins of Calhoun.
Coach A. L. Williams began his football career by playing at Fair Park High School in Shreveport, where as a senior, he started on both offense and defense. He continued as a four-year letterman in football at Louisiana Tech University where he still holds the record for most yards in a career for punt returns.
After several assistant coaching positions in Shreveport, Coach Williams
became head coach at Woodlawn in 1966, where he produced their first
perfect record in regular-season play. In 1968 his team had the first
unbeaten, untied record for a full season – playoffs included – in the
15-year history of Class AAA football, and the longest win streak for a
Shreveport-Bossier City High School since 1931.
In his eight years coaching at Woodlawn, his football record was 64-25-2.
During his time there, Williams also coached track and national champion javelin thrower, Terry Bradshaw.
In 1974, Williams became head coach at Northwestern State University,
and was named head coach at Louisiana Tech University in 1983. In 1984, Louisiana Tech played in the national championship, the same year Coach Williams was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year, Louisiana Coach of the Year and the NCAA Southern District Coach of the Year.
Over 20 of Coach Williams' players have gone on to play football professionally, including Terry Bradshaw, Joe Ferguson, Bobby Hebert, Joe Delaney, Mark Duper, Gary Reasons, Sidney Thornton, Petey Perot, Matt Stover and Billy Laird.
Coach Pat Collins began his career as a Graduate Assistant Football Coach at Louisiana Tech University in 1963. After several coaching jobs, he was named Head Coach at Northeast Louisiana University (NLU, now the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in 1981. Coach Collins led NLU to its first national title in 1987 with a 13-2 record. This was the first national title ever by a Southland Conference team. During his eight years at NLU, the football team was nationally ranked seven consecutive years. His eight-year record was 57-35, which is the best of any head coach in NLU history.
In 1987, Coach Collins was named the National I-AA "Coach of the Year" by both Chevrolet (CBS-TV) and Football News, the American Football Coaches Association Region 4 Coach of the Year, Southland Conference Coach of the Year, and Louisiana Coach of the Year.
Collins' coaching career continued with stints at Arkansas State University and the Miami Professional Spring Football League. In 1993 he was named Athletic Director and Head Coach at West Ouachita High School then became the Head Coach for Ouachita Parish High School in 1997, serving in that capacity for three years. For the past 11 years, Coach Collins has served as Director of Extra-curricular Activities for Longview Independent School District in Longview, Texas.
Collins recently received Cornerstone Awards from the Longview
Independent School District and the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. Coach Collins is a member of the Lombardi Award Selection Panel and a member of the Northeast Louisiana University Hall of Fame.
Many of Coach Collins' players have gone on to play football professionally,
including Bob Lane, Bobby Craighead, Tag Rome, Bubby Brister, Stan
Humphries, Jackie Harris and Doug Pederson.