He is a graduate of Ballard High School, and now he’s returning to his roots to serve as the new assistant principal and high school athletic director.

Kevin Williams’ first official day as an administrator at Ballard High School will be July 1. He will be taking over the position held by former assistant principal Mike Mannock, who will become the principal at Ballard East Elementary. Manock will replace Jaime Coquyt, who accepted a position as a human resources director at College Community School District in Cedar Rapids.

During the past four years, Williams has served as the seventh through 12th grade principal in the Madrid School District.

"I feel like I’m leaving Madrid in good shape," Williams said.

Merle Olberding, current high school athletic director at Ballard, told Williams about the opening at Ballard and encouraged him to apply. Williams said his decision to apply for the Ballard position stemmed in part from his familiarity with the district and desire for it to continue to succeed.

"I want to be a resource to lead Ballard in the right direction," Williams said. "I want to work with students to make sure they become great community members and citizens."

With Williams as the new high school athletic director, Olberding will take on the responsibilities of being the dean and athletic director at the Ballard Middle School. Ballard Superintendent Ottie Maxey said Olberding will assist Williams with the high school athletic director responsibilities during the 2013-2014 school year. After that, the arrangement will be reassessed for the following year.

High school principal John Ronca said he is looking foward to working with Williams during the coming school year.

"He brings a wealth of knowledge and this will be an asset to our district. I have had the opportunity to work with fabulous associate principals over the past decade, and Kevin is no exception," Ronca said. "Ballard is truly a special place, and Kevin will make an excellent addition to our dynamic staff."

Prior to working at Madrid, Williams served as the athletic director at Collins-Maxwell two different times - one for a period of nine years and the other for a period of four years. He was there when the district decided to join their athletic program with that of Baxter.

Williams grew up in Sheldahl, then moved to a residence in between Kelley and Slater. After graduating from high school, he played baseball at Waldorf College for one year before receiving his associate of arts degree from Des Moines Area Community College in Boone and a bachelor of arts degree at Iowa State University. He went on to receive his masters degree in educational leadership from Viterbo University out of La Crosse, Wisc. It was Rick Sullivan at Collins-Maxwell who encouraged Williams to get his masters.

"He pushed me in the direction and the timing was right for that," Williams said.

Williams and his wife, Jeannie, have two children who both graduated from Ballard - Jodie (2004) and Luke (2007). In his spare time, Williams enjoys hiking and spending time with his granddaughter.

He said he plans on staying at Ballard for a while.

"I hope this is where I retire," Williams said.