Mark W. Williams

Mark W. Williams has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as the gymnastics coach at North Garland High School from 1977 through 1984. His first state-wide championship team was the girls’ team in 1978 when the girls were state titlists. That year, Cindy Greer led Garland with third place in all-around competition. In 1979, the girls’ team was again named as state champions. Page Pollard led the team with fourth place in all-around. The boys’ team joined the championship parade in 1979 by winning the state title. Robbie Mahurin was second in all-around, and Mike Schmitt was third in all-around. In 1980, the boys’ gymnastics team repeated as the state champions. Mahurin was first in all-around to place the win. The boys’ team won its third consecutive state championship in 1981. Schmitt was first in all-around, and Lee White was third in all-around. In 1983, the boys’ team regained the state championship, with Terry Scott winning second in all-around, and Lee Gebhauer claiming sixth place after suffering a back injury and missing an event. In 1984, the boys’ team won a second consecutive state championship with Andy Kissig second in the all-around and Terry Scott in third to lead the scoring. Williams became the assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma following his 1984 championship season and remained there until 1987. Then, after one year at South Garland High School, he became the coach at Trinity High School in 1988 where he has continued to produce outstanding gymnastics. Mark Williams and his wife, Debbie, who also coaches gymnastics, have three children, Christopher, Emory, and Emilie.