William Laatsch, the fourth of seven children, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where he developed a love for the game of basketball by watching his father, coach. He attended Briarwood Christian School for 13 years and played basketball with his two older brothers, and for his dad. William credits their influence for shaping his knowledge of the game.
In 2014, William’s father accepted the varsity boys’ basketball position at Helena High School. This move allowed William to transfer and complete his senior year at Helena High. After graduating in 2015, William was grateful for the rare privilege to begin coaching with his dad, as a volunteer varsity assistant, while attending college classes. During this time, William gained an understanding of how a coach gets to know his players well, learns about their gifts, attitudes, weaknesses, and tendencies in order to help them develop their abilities to be a part of a team.
William Laatsch is excited about beginning his 1st season of coaching 7th grade boys basketball at Pelham Park Middle School. William’s passion for coaching is not only about teaching players how to play the game of basketball but to use the experience as a way for them to develop the character needed to be great men. William works for Helena Parks and Recreation, volunteers his time as an AAU Basketball coach, and is involved with missions work in the Dominican Republic. His favorite thing to do is spending time with his family.