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Williams accepts teaching job in Modesto
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Tim Williams accepted a job with Modesto City Schools in July. He spent the past five years at Ceres High School, where he taught special education and coached baseball and football.

"I talked with my wife and some other teachers," Williams said. "I called my dad and talked to him for a while. It wasn't an easy decision."

Williams will teach special education at Downey High School. He applied for the position in early June.

"The job I took was strictly teaching," Williams said. "I talked with the athletic director the other day for the first time. There's a possibility I might coach some baseball and basketball. I don't know what level. If they have an opening at varsity, I'll be there. If they need me at JV, I'll do JV."

Tim left Ceres Unified so he could be closer to his newborn daughter. Wife Robin gave birth to Jordan during the summer. Tim, Robin and Jordan live five minutes away from Downey High School. Jordan's day care is located across the street from the campus.

"She was a big reason why I came to Modesto," Williams said. "She's the priority."

Wiliams forged a lot of friendships at Ceres High School. He said he's going to miss interacting with athletic director Phil de la Porte and activities director Linda Cooper.

"It's not like I'm leaving completely," Williams said. "My wife still works there."

Robin has been employed at Ceres High School for 11 years. She teaches world history.

Tim coached baseball at Ceres High School for five seasons, including four at the varsity level (2002-05). He also coached freshman football for three years.

The varsity baseball team compiled a 27-42 record in league under Williams' guidance.

The Bulldogs had a memorable 2002 campaign.

Led by Caleb Maher, Clinton Goblirsch, Pharoah El-Haji, Jesse Ray and Mikey Sandberg, Ceres High tied for second in the Central California Conference and secured a postseason berth.

"That's got to be the best season," Williams said. "That was the first time Ceres had been to the playoffs in 10 years. We alsohad 20 wins."

Williams has high expectations for the 2006 Bulldogs.

"It would be nice to see them go to the playoffs," he said. "I really think they have the potential to do that."

Classes start at Downey High School on Aug. 29.

"It's going to be weird," Williams said. "This is a new stage for me." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier