Former Graham player, coach becomes new A.D. at Williams

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

The new athletics director at Williams is Bob Grant, a former baseball coach at Graham.

Grant began duties at Williams last month.

“I was looking for ways to improve and an opportunity to advance in my field,” Grant said.

Grant filled the vacancy left by Todd Davis, who became athletics director for the Alamance-Burlington School System.

Grant, a 2007 Graham graduate, played baseball and football for the Red Devils. A catcher, he went on to spend four years in North Carolina Central’s baseball program.

Grant has moved around since earning a degree in physical education from N.C. Central. He spent a half-year teaching at Jordan-Matthews, then took a job at Graham Middle School and later at Haw River Elementary School, where most recently he was teaching exceptional children until making the move to Williams.

He was Graham’s baseball coach from 2012-20. The past three years, he was an assistant coach for The Burlington School, which has won back-to-back state championships in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association.

So now it’s more of an administrative role. That meant preparing off-field operations for a home football game in the state playoffs for the Bulldogs shortly after he started his Williams duties.

“I’m adjusting pretty well,” Grant said. “We have a lot of talented athletic teams.”

Grant, 34, didn’t have many direct connections with Williams’ coaching staff other than with girls’ basketball coach Jason Cheek, who previously was the Graham coach in that sport.

Grant said he’ll be picking up pointers as he adjusts to the new job.

“Todd is a phone call away,” he said.