FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) - ICC football assistant coach Ray Williams has been very busy away from the football field this off-season. With the Indians' football season right around the corner, Williams capped his off-season with a national championship.
Earlier this week, Williams competed in the National Powerlifting Championships in Orlando, Florida, returning to Fulton with a national championship.
"I represented my family, my community, my hometown," Williams told WTVA. "I think I represented everybody well by winning. You can imagine me coaching, you don't get to see your family much because you're always on the road, you're always doing something that involves your job. Then you add an extra 2 to 3 hours because you have to go to the gym to work out. So, by winning the national championship, I represented everybody well."
Ray Williams is ICC's strength coach. In Orlando, Williams broke the American record of 860 pounds in the squat, lifting a massive 882 pounds. Williams adds that 882 pounds would also be a world record, but that he'll have to wait on officials to confirm the lift total before he can hold that crown as well.
Even with all of that, Williams is not fully satisfied.
"I know I can do better, I've actually done better. My actual goal was to squat 950. I had a coach, I had a really good coach by the name Bill McCarthy with Get The Lift Training. He actually talked me down from doing 950 because I didn't have to do it, and I listened to him - he actually is a good coach and his advice was good. It's just I knew I could do better. I guess after I got the record, I lost a little steam, I kind of got 'satisfied' and it cost me."
Williams may have fallen short of his hefty goal, but his accomplishments still mean a lot to him, and when football season rolls around in a few weeks, it'll probably help him when it comes to motivating the Indians to hit the gym.
"I work out in the Fitness Center, so most of them see what I do. So, when I tell them to do something, I normally don't have much fight from the kids because, I figure, if it works for me it'll work for them. So I know I'm going to have it pretty easy in pushing and motivating my guys in the weight room."
Williams next powerlifting goal is to compete in the world championships in Kazakhstan next summer.