Bend High has turned to an old Lava Bear to become the school’s new athletic director.
Dave Williams, a 1988 Bend High grad and a member of the Lava Bears’ 1987 state championship baseball team, will replace Craig Walker, who has been the school’s athletic director for the past five years and will retire this spring after a 33-year career in coaching, teaching and administration at Bend High.
“It’s a great situation to be in,” said the 43-year-old Williams. “I feel extremely fortunate and lucky to go back to where I started my athletic career. I have big shoes to fill. … Being able to come in and try to replace Craig Walker, there’s going to be some great challenges that I look forward to.”
Williams, currently the dean of students at La Pine Middle School, was the varsity baseball coach at Mountain View High for 13 years before stepping away after the 2010 season. A graduate of Oregon State University, where he played four years of baseball, Williams has also been a volunteer assistant coach for Bend High’s baseball team for the past three years.
“It’s something that I’ve always been interested in,” said Williams, “taking on that leadership role and being able to serve coaches.”
Williams, whose hiring was announced to school staff last week, said he plans to teach on a limited basis in addition to his duties as athletic director.
—Bulletin staff report
Patriots, Raiders make QB picks
NEW YORK — The only two quarterbacks chosen on the second day of the NFL draft Friday have a lot to emulate.
Derek Carr’s guiding light has been older brother David, the top overall pick in the 2002 draft. Jimmy Garoppolo’s favorite player has been Tom Brady, the 199th selection in 2000.
The problem for Carr, taken fourth in the second round by Oakland, is that David was only mediocre as a pro. The issue for Garoppolo, chosen 62nd overall by New England, is, well, can anyone really live up to Brady’s career?
“I learned everything that he did right and everything that he did wrong,” Derek Carr said of David, 11 years his elder. “He told me that if he could do anything, he hopes he made the path smoother for me as I transition into the NFL.”
The two were among dozens of picks made Friday as the NFL draft wrapped up Rounds 2 and 3 at Radio City Music Hall. The first day shattered all-time television viewership records.
In the third round, Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton was picked 72nd overall by Minnesota, while Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff was selected 86th by Philadelphia, which is coached by former Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
For complete results from Friday’s draft, see Scoreboard, C2.
— The Associated Press