News Staff Report
Lasheka D. Williams of Atmore was among the inductees in the 42nd Annual Miles College Sports Hall of Fame ceremony held October 4.
Williams, the daughter of Theodis and Brenda Williams of Atmore, is a 2005 graduate of Escambia County High School. While in high school, she participated in softball, basketball, dance, and cheerleading.
“While participating in sports, softball has always been my passion since being introduced to a ball at five years old,” Williams said.
After her high school graduation, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Miles College in 2009. She was the first member of her family to receive a college degree.
While attending Miles, she was a starter for the Miles College Lady Bears Softball Team from 2006 through 2009. Throughout the seasons, she was an asset to the team, playing multiple positions from second base, shortstop, catcher, and even the outfield. She was also an active player during the 2009 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Tournament where her team won the first-ever championship in the school’s history.
After graduation, Williams pursued a couple of Criminal Justice careers with the first being with the Alabama Department of Corrections as an officer in Birmingham. She volunteered at Wenonah High School with Cedric Lane as an assistant softball coach while living in Birmingham. After Corrections, she relocated to Mississippi to teach Law and Public Safety at Biloxi High School. While teaching there, she was also an assistant softball coach.
After a couple of years of teaching, Williams realized she wanted to serve and protect. That’s when she applied to be a Probation and Parole Officer. She graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy on March 24, 2017, and is an officer with the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.
As of today, Williams said she still loves the game of softball.
“I love it so much I still play slow pitch with my all women’s team, Second to None,” she said. “If I’m able to, I’ll always play.”
Miles College is located in Birmingham.