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This is the fifth in a series of profiles on members of the 2017 induction class of the Fike High Athletic Hall of Fame that will be enshrined Oct. 21 in a ceremony at the school.
There was hardly anything “Big Erv” didn’t do for Fike High School during his four years there.
Ervin Williams, a 1982 graduate of Fike, was indispensable as a student trainer/manager for a bevy of Golden Demons and Lady Demons teams as well as offering a helping hand around the school. During his first week as a freshman in August 1978, Williams was asked to join the school’s color guard and participate in flag-raising duties every day. That happened every day until his final day at Fike since Williams didn’t miss a day of school in four years. A common refrain of “Get Ervin!” Was the answer whenever a Fike teacher or coach needed something.
Williams’ contributions to Fike will be returned Saturday, Oct. 21, as he, along with eight others, will enter the school’s athletic hall of fame. However, he didn’t just stop at Fike. Williams first attended Louisburg College, where he served as athletic trainer, bus driver for LC teams, women’s basketball administrative assistant, housing director, member of campus security and the school’s student disciplinary committee as well as on the Town of Louisburg’s recreation board, sheriff detention staff and fire department.
Later, Williams attended Lenoir-Rhyne University and found just as much to do in Hickory, where he was the student trainer for the Bears football and men’s basketball teams as well as LRU intramural director, student assistant to the athletic director as well as making the dean’s list for three years. After graduating from Lenoir-Rhyne, Williams spent three years at as a graduate assistant to the athletic director. He later returned to Louisburg before moving to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was the women’s basketball director of operations at the University of Nebraska.
Williams has served in the same capacity at Western Kentucky University since 2013 and is also the WKU women’s basketball camp director.
Now he will return to Fike for one last duty: Entering the hall of fame.