Former Newton Nite Hawk coach Jim Williams dies
From 1974 to 1978, the place to be on a Saturday night was at a Newton Nite Hawks football game at Holland-Paterson Memorial Field or H.A. Lynn Field. The Nite Hawks were a semi-professional football team which called Newton home.
One of the founders and former coaches, James (Jim) Fred Williams died on July 21 in Shreveport, La. It was Williams and Newton businessman Jim Foster who founded the team in 1974.
“Jim Williams was an army recruiter here in Newton at the time. He served as the team’s defensive coordinator the first season then was our head coach the second year,” said Stan Allspach, former Nite Hawk player and assistant coach at William Penn University in Oskaloosa.
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