By Anvil Welch

Globe Sports Writer

The workload should decrease for Charlie Williams at Ozark Christian College in 2004-05.

Darrell Doss, assistant for Williams the past two seasons in men's and women's basketball, will direct the men's program next season.

Williams will continue coaching the women's basketball team as well as serving as the OCC athletic director.

Doss, an admissions recruiter, will be entering his third year as volleyball the fall.

Williams has been a head coach of multiple sports in all 19 years at OCC. He's been the head coach for the basketball teams except for two years when Chris Lahm guided the Lady Ambassadors.

Williams, whose undergraduate degree is from Midwest Christian College, coached at that school in Oklahoma City for eight years before coming to Joplin in the mid-1980s when it merged with OCC.

"We wanted to help lighten the load for Coach Williams,'' Greg Hafer, vice president of OCC, said Friday. "To me, Charlie has been amazing. We appreciate him. Coach even oversees intramurals.

"We look forward to Coach Williams continuing as women's basketball coach as well as athletic director and his work in the lifetime wellness classes that are offered in the curriculum,'' Hafer said.

Doss, 34, graduated from Joplin High School (1988) and has a bachelor's degree in biblical literature from OCC specializing in youth ministry and preaching. He played for Williams at OCC and was a member of two national championship teams.

His coaching experience also includes a year as boys basketball coach at College Heights Christian in 2000-01 and some 15 summers working for Williams in camps.

"Naturally, I'm excited,'' Doss said. "It's a great opportunity they've given me.

"Coach (Williams) has done a tremendous job over the years and I hope to keep it going. Those are big shoes to fill. I respect the coach and what he's done. He's a Hall of Famer.''

Doss' wife, the former Sarah Faubion, is his assistant in volleyball. She was an athletic standout at Lamar High School and played two years of volleyball at OCC before an injury curtailed her career. They have a daughter - Hallee, 3 years old - and are building a home in Carl Junction.

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