Faulkner leaving Williston to coach at Columbia

Steve Faulkner led Williston boys basketball to the 3A state semifinals in 2010 and four straight regional finals.

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Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

Steve Faulkner, who led Williston to four straight regional finals in boys basketball and the 2010 Class 3A state semifinals, has officially been named new boys basketball coach at Columbia.

“It was a tough decision leaving the Williston family, but professionally I believe it is a step up to do some good things at a bigger school,” said Faulkner, who was an assistant at Gainesville High when it won the Class 5A state title in 2009.

Williston dropped to 1A in 2013-2014 and Columbia plays in 6A, specifically District 2, which includes GHS. His 2010 Red Devils team fell in the state semifinals to Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest, which was led by Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight.

“It is going to be interesting to be in the same district as GHS considering the relationships I have with the staff,” Faulkner said. “The games will be extremely competitive, but afterwards we should be fine depending on the outcome.”

Faulkner, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, replaces Horace Jefferson, who led the Tigers to the regional quarterfinals last season.

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