Cincinnati Public Schools hire 1st-ever Black female as AD at Withrow

HYDE PARK - February was Black History Month but the Cincinnati Public School District actually made some history this past January.

That's when former Withrow High School standout Regina Williams was named athletic director at her alma mater. The move made Williams the first Black female in Cincinnati Public School history to head up an athletic department.

"I practiced prayer, patience, perseverance and persistence," Williams said.

Regina Williams, the new athletic director for Withrow High School, poses during at her team's tent during a track meet at Stargel Stadium in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati on Monday, May 10, 2021. Williams is the first Black woman to lead a Cincinnati Public Schools athletic program.

Those four Ps paid off as 2021 got underway with another P: promotion. 

After 10 years as the assistant athletic director and in-school suspension coordinator at Withrow, Williams was bumped up to the top job when Jonas Smith moved from Withrow to become athletic director at Trotwood-Madison. 

"For our kids to see someone that looks like them, used to be them, to give them hope; it gives me hope that they can make something of their lives," Williams said

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