Westborough High School alumna writes book about female athletes
By Morgan Hume, Contributing editor
WESTBOROUGH – Emily Williams has made many transitions over the years. She went from being a basketball player to being a team coach. More recently, she has gone from athlete to author. Alumni of Westborough High School (WHS) recently published a book to help young women in sport.
Her first book “Lady-thletes” is designed to be a guide for young female athletes navigating the field, as well as for relationships, friendships, and academics.
Williams loves spending time working as a basketball coach, but when the pandemic hit last year, many athletic programs shut down.
Make an impact off the pitch
“I missed this dialogue. I missed the connection with the players, ”said Williams.
Even though she couldn’t be sidelined, she wanted to continue to have a positive impact on young girls and help them succeed on and off the pitch. So she wrote a book about the biggest lessons she learned over the years in the world of sports.
“Lady-thletes” covers everything from learning time management skills to finding ways to prioritize romantic relationships, study, family and, of course, athletics.
Williams’ own experiences, including his days at WHS, helped add a personal touch to the book. In one chapter, she describes how players should try to forge their own identity outside of sport, as it’s something that she has had to learn the hard way.
“As I got older and quit playing to be a coach, I had a whole identity crisis,” said Williams. “I identified myself as a basketball player. It was “Emily is a basketball player”, not Emily anything else. ”
The book is not written exclusively for young girls or athletes. Lessons unwrapped in Lady-thletes are versatile and Williams says there’s a lot for coaches to learn as well.
“I asked a few coaches to contact me and say, ‘I loved your book! It was great insight for my players, ”said Williams. “Being able to understand what’s going on in a player’s mind helps you be a better coach.”
William said that due to coronavirus restrictions and being at home more often, she was left with a lot more free time. She said that without a long commute to and from work, she was able to block an extra hour or two a day. She devoted her free time to crafts “Lady-thletes” and could write the book in about six months.
When contact sports become safe again, Williams plans to return to where she was – a basketball coach. She wants to help young girls improve in their sport. She also wants to mentor them through a period of transition and rapid development in their lives, as well as bond with their teammates.
“I think the best part for me is when I have a team that goes from 12 strangers to 12 best friends,” said Williams. “Watching a player grow and watching his team grow is the most rewarding aspect.”
“Lady-thletes” is available for purchase on Amazon. Williams hopes the book will reach other bookstores and retailers soon.