Hall of Fame

A.L. Williams

If A.L. Williams hadn't threatened to hitchhike back to Ruston from Baton Rouge, he may have ended up a Tiger. Coming out of high school as a highly-recruited player, Williams told the whole world he wanted to be a Bulldog; however, that didn't stop two assistant coaches from LSU from dragging him to Baton Rouge for an official visit weekend. When he was still in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Williams packed his bags and threatened to hitchhike back to Ruston. Tech fans are glad he did. If he hadn't, Louisiana Tech may not have won two Gulf State Conference Championships during his four years as a Bulldog from 1953 to 1956, and Tech may not have won the Southland Conference Title and reached the Division I-AA National Championship game in 1984 when he coached. Williams recorded a successful playing career at Tech, one that saw him lead the Bulldogs in scoring as a sophomore and junior and both the team and the Gulf State Conference as a senior. He also starred on the track, running relays and participating in the long and triple jumps. Upon graduating from Tech, Williams went on to have a highly successful coaching career at Woodlawn High School, where his teams were 64-25 in eight seasons, winning four District titles and the 1968 State title. During his coaching days in Shreveport, Williams consistently produced great quarterbacks including Terry Bradshaw, Joe Ferguson, Billy Laird and John Booty. Williams then coached for nine seasons at Northwestern State- eight as head coach- before returning to his Alma Mater in 1983. The Bulldogs went 4-7 their first year under Williams; however, in 1984, Tech made major improvements, winning the Southland Conference Title and playing for the Division I-AA National Championship before falling to Montana 19-6. Williams was 28-19-1 during his four years as head coach while posting winning records in his final three seasons. His legacy as a player and coach at Tech will forever be considered one of the greatest as a Louisiana Tech Hall of Famer.