Headland High opens new basketball arena in honor of former coach


HEADLAND, Ala. (WDHN) — Headland high school is stepping up from a gym to an arena as they have a new home for the boys and girls basketball team to compete — the Steve Williams Arena.

“Extremely excited for henry county and headland high school to have the new arena the Steve Williams Arena. This has been something that has been in the works for many years,” Superintendent Lori Beasley said.

Steve Williams has been a huge influence on the community and students at Headland for more than four decades from teaching to coaching basketball where he compiled an impressive record of 455-122 during his 18 years of coaching along with a state title in 1984.

The over $7 million dollar arena features a brand new state-of-the-art hardwood, expanded set of bleachers with an upper level on the home side, locker rooms, and a huge concession stand.

Coach Williams says he’s overjoyed seeing his name on the new building but without the school board and his former players and coaches this honor wouldn’t be possible.

“Our fan base deserves this kinda arena and our players the first thing I thought about was our players who set the foundation for this to be built. Headland is a really good place but and I’m just real proud of it but my first thought was oh my goodness I wish I could coach in here,” Williams said.

Superintendent Beasley says the gym will get its money worth because it will be used for graduations and the elementary school will have access to it as well.

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