After 21 seasons and 297 wins, Williams steps down as Scotia-Glenville girls’ soccer coach

Lise Williams, back left, is shown with her 2021 fall team. (Photo provided)

Lise Williams, back left, is shown with her 2021 fall team. (Photo provided)

GLENVILLE — When Lise Williams graduated from Ithaca College nearly three decades ago, she inquired to see if there was any openings to coach soccer at Scotia-Glenville High School.

There was — and she sure did.

Williams confirmed this week to The Daily Gazette that the 2021 fall season was her last leading the Scotia-Glenville varsity girls’ soccer program. In a coaching career that saw her coach at the modified, JV and varsity levels for the school she graduated from in 1989, Williams’ varsity teams won three Section II championships and 297 games during 21 seasons.

“I’m a proud Tartan. I was always so proud to be coaching at the school district I graduated from,” said Williams, who lives in Glenville and grew up in Scotia. “We have a lot of traditions we established and maintained over the years. My goal was always to produce a strong team that gets better as the season progresses and hopefully has a good amount of wins — but, then, you’re always trying to create memories and relationships for the kids. You want them to have something they remember high school by, and was a positive experience for them.”

Williams said she alerted Scotia-Glenville athletic director Jamian Rockhill during the summer that the fall’s season would be her last, and she told her players of her decision early in the preseason. 

Rockhill said the program’s next varsity head coach is still to be determined — but that “there’s no real replacing” Williams.

“I’ve always leaned on her as someone who knows Scotia-Glenville history, culture,” Rockhill said. “She’s been a blessing to work with.”

Williams — who won a pair of national championships as a player at Ithaca College — said she had been considering leaving her post as girls’ soccer coach for several years to be able to spend more time with her family. Her daughter Alyssa — who played on the 2014 Scotia-Glenville team that won an area championship — graduated from high school in 2016, and Williams said she almost retired from coaching following her daughter’s final season. A guidance counselor at the high school, Williams said her retirement is only from her position as girls’ soccer head coach.

In her 21 seasons coaching Scotia-Glenville’s varsity team, Williams’ record was 297-76-23. Williams said her dad Bob Moore attended nearly every game she coached, and he tracked his daughter’s wins, losses and ties through the years. Williams said coaching another year to secure the three wins needed to reach 300 for her career wasn’t something that appealed to her because she never viewed the program’s wins as belonging to her.

“A few people mentioned it [the 300-win milestone] to me, but I didn’t do it for me,” Williams said of her coaching career. “The kids do it. The players do it. That’s their record.”

Williams’ final season ended in the Section II Class A quarterfinals. The team’s large group of seniors, many of whom Williams coached for several years, made this fall’s season a natural ending point for her.

“I had a good group of seniors that I had since their freshman year. I wanted to see them through until the end,” Williams said. “But I could probably also say that about the next group — and, then, the next group.”

Throughout her coaching career, Williams said she attended as many of the school’s boys’ soccer games as her schedule allowed. Next season, she said, she’ll add attending as many girls’ games as possible as a spectator to her to-do list.

She’ll remain a fixture on the sideline — just, now, the one across from the teams.

“I’m going to be a fan,” Williams said.

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