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Donell Williams

Donell “Coach” Williams

CASA Faculty and Enrichments

Donell Williams, known on campus as “Coach D-Will” or “Coach,” joined Greensboro Montessori School in 2017 a Lower Elementary CASA teacher. He is a regular substitute teacher in all divisions on campus and can most frequently be found in the Gym leading basketball, speed and agility, and team-building enrichments for our students.

Coach was a star football player at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, Calif. After never playing basketball in high school, he went on to play hoops at West Los Angeles Junior College. During his sophomore year, Coach averaged 29.6 points per game and broke a conference record with the most points in a single season (886, a record which still stands today). Coach earned a basketball scholarship to play for Sam Hager at Fayetteville State University his junior and senior year.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and was named one of the top basketball players of the CIAA. He also became the second player in Fayetteville State’s history to reach the NBA.

Today, Coach is a father of two and beloved mentor at Greensboro Montessori School. When not on campus, he runs a sports education nonprofit organization called DupHoops, which serves over 200 kids in the Greensboro area. His philosophy is to inspire, motivate, and promote acceptance, leadership and growth. Through his honest, loyal, and patient coaching style, Coach instills the fundamentals of life into today’s youth through the sport of basketball