Hal Williams Obituary, Death – On Tuesday, Hal Williams passed away in New Orleans. He had been an integral component of the University of South Alabama’s sports department for nearly 30 years, until his retirement in 2018. He was 71. Williams passed away on Tuesday, two days after he suffered an unexpected heart attack at the New Orleans Saints game on Sunday at the Caesars Superdome. He was among family members at the time. Since becoming ill, he had been a longtime Saints season-ticket holder, but since being admitted to the hospital, he had been there at Tulane Medical Center.
“Words cannot express what Hal meant to the university and his colleagues,” South Alabama sports directors Joel Erdmann said in a statement that was issued by the school following Hal’s passing. “His true concern for others was a wonderful complement to the dedicated service he provided. Whether it was the student-athletes, the staff, or the fans, he left an impression on the lives of thousands of individuals. Not only for the things he accomplished, but also for the person he was, he will be remembered for all time.
Williams, who was born and raised in Mobile, was also a coach at McGill-Toolen Catholic School for basketball and golf for a number of years. Prior to his departure for South Alabama in 1988, his McGill teams had won three state championships before he moved there.