Mike Williams is the new varsity boys tennis coach at St. Francis High.
Hired last month, Williams replaces Dick Svedeman, who retired at the end of the spring season.
“We are very excited to announce the appointment of Mike Williams as our new head boys varsity tennis coach here at St. Francis High School,” said Michael Pilawski, director of athletics, in a press release issued by the school Nov. 25. “Mike is an excellent coach and has a proven track record of getting the best out of all the people he comes in contact with. We are excited for the leadership, passion and direction he will bring to our program.”
Williams has worked with Ray Bilsey – the tennis director and head pro at Ladera Oak Tennis Club in Portola Valley – assisting in junior clinics over the years as well as being an active USTA member. A 1989 graduate of Santa Clara University, Williams spent 18 years working in the NFL with the Rams and 49ers as a scout and front-office executive. Before and after his time in the NFL, he coached and mentored young athletes in team and individual settings.
Williams and his wife, Holly, have two daughters, Catie, 9, and Emily, 15. Emily is a sophomore who played on St. Francis’ state-qualifying girls tennis team this fall.
“Since marrying into a tennis family, I have developed a passion for the sport and I eagerly await the challenges that face the individual players, the team and me,” Williams said. “It is a privilege to have this opportunity to contribute to the development of student-athletes and to the overall mission of St. Francis High School. I look forward to continuing to build on the great success that Coach Svedeman has established with the program.”
Pilawski praised Svedeman for the job he did as coach.
“We cannot thank Coach enough for the time, leadership and vision he provided the program over the past 10 years,” he said. “He established a great reputation for our program and our school, and we wish him all the best in retirement.”