Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall of Fame

Melba Williams
Inducted 1995
She coached Waycross to 19 state tennis championships and 61 region titles- an astounding record! She began her coaching and teaching career at Waycross High School in 1948 and retired in the late 1970s. She spent her entire career at the school.
She was called a developer of champions and was greatly loved by generations of students that she taught and coached. Because of her fantastic success, Waycross was called “The Tennis Center of the South.” She also was the director of many city wide tennis tournaments.
She achieved her greatest success in coaching girls doubles competition. Her protégés won the region/district doubles championship for 21 consecutive years from 1948 through 1968.
The 19 state crowns were the result of three girls’ singles tit

She retired and lived in Statesboro until her death.