Talk about having to follow in some big shoes, Greg Williamson had to do just that when he entered North High in 1978. His grandfather George Williamson was the Principal of North High from 1955-1965 and his father Bill Williamson was an outstanding football player at BHS, BC and later at Utah State. Both Grandpa and Pop were previously inducted into the NH Hall of Fame.
As a youngster, Greg grew up around North High, regularly attending Friday night football games with his father Bill and participating in youth sports. Jack Frost football, NOR basketball, baseball and track and field were all played on North’s facilities.
Greg was a standout two sport performer at North High but he also excelled in the classroom. He played two years on the varsity in both football and baseball. In football, playing for the great coach Turk Eliades, he played both offensive and defensive lineman. As a senior, he was named the team’s most outstanding lineman and also awarded the George Williamson Award as team MVP. That was dear to his heart since it was named after his late grandfather. Additionally he named to both the All-SYL and All-City teams.
In baseball, Greg played first base and pitched for head coach Tony Silver. In his junior year the Stars won the school’s first ever Valley baseball championship. On that team was future major league pitcher Bruce Walton. As a senior, he posted a 5-1 record on the mound as the team made the playoffs but were defeated in the first round. He was also named all-SYL.
Three different times he was awarded the STAR Award for athletic ability, scholarship, sportsmanship, competitive attitude and citizenship. To top off his high school career he was the recipient of the prestigious Sam Lynn Award, symbolic of the school’s best athlete.
After North High he received a football scholarship from San Diego State University. He earned three letters while playing for the Aztecs. A versatile player, he played both offense and defense. As a senior, the team won the Western Athletic Conference Championship and went on to play in the Holiday Bowl. He later signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers but was let go on waivers.
From there it was on to bigger and greater thing. He graduated from SDSU with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and quickly turned his education into law enforcement. Ironically his first job was as campus supervisor at guess where–North High. He went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration from Cal State Bakersfield and joined the Bakersfield Police Department in 1989. In 2010 he was named Chief of Police and still serves in that post.
While working at North High he coached the junior varsity and varsity football teams from 1987 to 1996 and periodically assisted with the varsity baseball team. He went on to follow in his father’s footsteps, coaching Jack Frost football until 2009. He’s proud of the fact that 14 of his former players now work for the department with numerous others working for public safety departments throughout the county.
He credits his athletic success to have been taught and coached by previous NH Hall of Fame inductees Aubrey Allen, Bill Bimat, George Culver, Jordan “Turk” Eliades, Rick Harvick, Stan Ingram, Keith Montgomery, Jack O’Brien, Dick Ross, Tony Silver and Lloyd Williams. Not to mention the imposing figure of his father Bill.
Greg and his wife Aimee (Class of 1988) will be celebrating their 25th year of marriage this year. They have a son Beau who is now an officer with the BPD and daughter Bryn who is on scholarship at Cal State Fullerton. She is also an athlete, competing in the pole vault on a ladies’ track team.
Move over North High Athletics Hall of Fame, there’s a new sheriff in town.