“People follow her leadership because they know how hard she works outside of practice and that she’s a committed player. She’s committed to her team. When you do those types of things, it shows in your play, other people notice and good things like this happen. I’m very proud for her.”
Williams had several offers of late, but she said the atmosphere Coastal Alabama offers felt like home to her.
“It’s a small campus, which I like,” she said. “I’m really excited to see what’s in store for me. I’m just excited to be back on the field. I just knew when I played my last high school game that it couldn’t be the end for me. I love this sport too much to put it down already.”
Smith said Coastal Alabama coach Monica Meadows recently contacted her about Williams on a coaching networking site called Field Level. She specifically requested Williams’ profile, which Smith did.
“From that point, Coach Meadows had contacted Kayleigh about coming to Coastal Alabama, and I think she ended up watching her play at one of these tournaments she was playing summer ball for,” Smith said. “She asked her to come on a visit and made her an offer.”
It was an offer that Williams felt was too good to pass up.
“She said I would be a pitcher and I would work as a pitcher, but she said that doesn’t just limit me to just pitching,” Williams said. “She said she gives her pitchers a chance to hit if I can make it into the top 10 (of the lineup). I really want to hit. I guess it just depends on how it goes at practice.
“I’m excited to go, and I know Coach Meadows is excited to have me. She expressed that to me when I first told her I committed there.”
Although she’s proud to see Williams moving on to the next level, Smith said she’s going to miss her presence at Piedmont.
“She’s been one of those players where it doesn’t matter what role she’s playing. It’s just been really nice to have that solid play out of her for the past six years,” Smith said. “My first year here as an assistant coach she was already pitching for the varsity when she was in eighth grade. It was just one of those things that was like ‘Wow, this is going to be a really good player for us for a really long time.’ I’ve just so enjoyed watching her grow and develop into the player she is.”