ALTUS, OK (KSWO)- A former Altus wrestling coach is making national headlines after being named the National Wrestling Coaches Association's Scholastic Coach of the Year.
Nick Williams found out he won this award just three weeks ago. He started to get text messages from people saying congratulations and he couldn't believe it. He said after being diagnosed with ALS last year, this award has lifted his spirits and made him realize the legacy he's leaving behind in Altus.
"To know that I am the head coach of the year over anybody in the United States, It's just an amazing feeling, said Williams. "I don't know that it's actually sunk in yet."
After 21 years of coaching wrestling, winning multiple state titles and helping hundreds of student athletes graduate, one of Coach Nick Williams dreams came true.
"I honestly think I started preparing myself for that award when I was a kid" said Williams. "I grew up on a farm, I worked everyday, I worked hard everyday."
Although he was surprised, Williams former athletes weren't. Kamron Canchola said being coached by Williams from 2014 to 2017 changed his life. He learned many life lessons that now help him in the Army National Guard.
Williams said although he's retired, he's still going to be around as a volunteer to help with the wrestling team. He will officially receive the coach of the year award at the National Wrestling Coaches Association Conference in Daytona Beach in August.