Superintendent/President Ed Knudson and Antelope Valley College Foundation President Chuck Church invite you to the 2014 AVC Achievement Awards Dinner.
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Charley Williams ('64): Distinguished Alumni Award

Charley Williams
Distinguished Alumnus
Charley Williams ('64)
AVHS Teacher/Coach, Retired

Entering the field of education, longtime educator Charley Williams recalls being excited about coaching and teaching, but had no idea of the impact he would have on students or how they would clarify the purpose of his life.

“Something I enjoy knowing and sharing with youngsters is that education is the only thing we have that we can use, sell or give away while it continues to remain with us,” Charley said.

Charley spent 31 years teaching social sciences. He coached a number of boys and girls sports. In his last nine years at Antelope Valley High School he was adviser of the Associated Student Body Board of Control and was Activities Director in his last two years.

Henry Charley Williams was born Christmas morning, 1939 in Shreveport, Louisiana. When his father joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, Charley and his mother moved to San Pedro, California. It was 4-year-old Charley’s first experience of electricity and indoor plumbing. In 1953 his parents purchased their first home in Compton, California. At Centennial Senior High School Charley played football and ran track, earning an athletic scholarship for football to Southern University in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, in 1958. He returned to California shortly and joined the Army.

Charley was in the Third Armored Division’s 52nd Infantry in Friedberg, Germany, where in 1960 he was a member of the division’s track team that won the U.S. Army Europe Track and Field Championships in Nuremberg, Germany.

After discharge from the Army in 1962, Charley became an AV College Marauder, playing football for coaches Jack Frost and Austin Jordan. Under Coach Bill Montamble he played basketball and he ran track for Coach Bucky Wolter.

In 1964 Charley went to Eastern Montana College, now Montana State University, Billings. That year the team won the league championship and Charley was named Most Valuable Lineman and Most Valuable Player. In 1967 Charley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation. He later returned to Eastern Montana for his master’s degree.

A highlight of Charley’s career is following the progress of his former students. Among the standouts are Dr. David Vierra, Superintendent of the Antelope Valley Union High School District; Steve Baker, CEO of Grace Resource Center and the Lancaster Community Shelter; and Mark Bryant, Vice President of Human Resources at Antelope Valley College.

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