Bootcamp Coaches - Don Williams
Don Williams is a coach to the lovely and amazing bootcamp Steel Magnolias, a kickboxing coach at KnuckleUp and a mixed martial artist (MMA) fighter. He was born and raised in Currituck, NC and graduated from Currituck County High in 1994. After high school he attended Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC where he played College Baseball and Kick Boxed on an amateur level from 1995-1998. He graduated from the university with a BS in Criminal Justice.
Steel Magnolia’sDon did move away from the Outer Banks for about eight years but found himself back in OBX in 2000. Don says “there is nowhere else I’d rather call home”. In July of 2000 he created Mainstay Construction with his father and became a licensed general contractor in 2002, the company is still in operation today.
One thing about Don is he cares about others and I cracked up when he told me that something that most people don't know about him is “It’s probably that I'm quite boring. I'm pretty much a homebody, I get excited about just staying in and cooking dinner and watching a good movie with Justine.” One thing I think we can all agree on is Don is far from boring!
Don has one brother, Thomas and he admires him. His brother is a graduate of New York Film Academy. He is an amazing writer and an accomplished guitarist, piano player and drummer. He's published a few science fiction novellas and poetry books. He also writes scripts, and he's had some of his music included in a few movie soundtracks. He's a joy to talk to because he has such a unique and refreshing approach to life. He's just a really cool and interesting person. As his big brother, I'm sure I don't tell him that nearly as often as I should. I love that guy.
The person that influences Don the most is his father, Don Sr. “My Dad is the toughest guy I have ever known, and that's saying a lot! He is extremely hard working, and also embodies the word compassion.” Don tries to learn as much as he can from his Father, he has a fantastic relationship with him, as he is one of his best friends. When Don thinks of his father he thinks of the old Theodore Roosevelt Quote, "Speak softly and carry a big stick".
Something Don is really proud of is his relationship with Justine Lewis. They have been together 11 years! “I can't believe she still keeps me around. She's my best friend. I'm truly lucky to be loved by a person who is so beautiful, inside and out. Not to mention her sense of humor is amazing! I can't imagine life without her. We've had some great times in the last 11 years. Looking forward to the adventures we'll have in the next 11!”
Don and Justine
He also has numerous goals he is still trying to accomplish. His list includes winning his first MMA fight March 9th, the Tough Mudder in July in Va. Beach. He also wants to earn a blue belt in Brazilian Jujitsu, conquer the Spartan Beast in November in South Carolina, learn to be a better cook and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro before he is forty. Don is also one of the few bootcampers that will admit that his favorite place to run on the whole beach is Jockey’s Ridge. That’s a tough run Don!
Outer Banks Bootcamps
Don’s favorite healthy snack is simply an apple. It’s good for you, and easy to carry, and there is no excuse not to grab one out of the fruit bowl when leaving the house. If he is heading for junk food he will grab tortilla chips with queso dip and homemade guacamole, of course he could eat Mexican food 24/7.
As you can tell, Don is an allover great guy! I spoke with Justine Lewis, Don’s girlfriend and she said, “Don’s great, he will push you to your limits, he wants you to work hard and earn it, he stays positive, very motivating, dedicated and makes you realize if you want something bad enough you can achieve it. He will teach you about mental strength and how that is very important. He cares about folks and wants them to bring their best and leave it all on the table. He's the best!”
I also spoke with one of the members of Outer Banks Bootcamps Steel Magnolias, Debi Baum and she said, “I have nothing but great things to say about Don”. With the Steel Mags, “he brings a sort of kindness to coaching without sacrificing the quality and vigor of the training. He seems to have the ability to find that "sweet spot" that a great coach needs - he has the perfect mix of motivating push and supportive encouragement.
Adam Swansen, Matt Costa, Jay Bowman, Don Williams and James Eaton
Don is also creative in devising workouts that keep it interesting and challenging and he also has the unique ability to make you want to work harder for him so as not to disappoint him. How great is it when a coach can make you feel like you can do anything even when your body is screaming "NO!"
Debi said, “I know a group of women that rocked the Triathlon thanks to the extra meets and training that Don was willing to give us. Because of these things, not one of us will miss Don's big fight on March 9th. I have warned him: it will be like having 9 of his mothers in the audience. If someone hurts him, we're taking 'em out.
Dee Brickhouse, Toni Parker, Morrison Butler, Amy Heberger Eaton, Rob Hunt and Don Williams at Virginia Beach Field House.