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Trey Oakley takes the reins of Williams YMCA of Avery County
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Originally published: 2012-10-10 13:16:39
Last modified: 2012-10-10 13:16:39

Williams YMCA of Avery County welcomes new executive director

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Recently, Williams YMCA of Avery County put a familiar face in a new position. Trey Oakley spent his childhood in Clinton, S.C., as a member of Clinton Family YMCA. After graduating from Clinton High School, Oakley first attended Presbyterian College and then moved to Charleston Southern University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education. Oakley then taught at College Park Middle School and coached baseball, football and track at Stratford High School in Goose Creek, S.C. Oakley coached the Riverside Warrior baseball team in Greer, S.C., to a state championship and No. 2 national ranking in 2003.
While enjoying his successful career, Oakley often visited Linville with his father. When an opportunity presented itself to move to Avery County and serve as a liaison between Avery County Schools and the Williams YMCA of Avery County, Oakley didn’t hesitate.
“It has taken me 27 years to get home,” said Oakley.
Under the tutelage of former CEO Jim Richardson, it did not take Oakley very long to move into the director of operations position within the leadership structure at the YMCA. With well-honed leadership skills, Oakley has been pivotal in leading the restructure effort since Richardson’s departure. Oakley has made the seamless transition to executive director and has not slowed down. His vision for the Williams YMCA is to fulfill the needs of our community through outreach programs, increased activities for our youth via athletic clinics, safe and enriching afterschool programs, top-notch summer camps and informative programming that will decrease the growing trends of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. With the recent opening of Hugh Chapman Center for Families, Williams YMCA of Avery County is that much closer to fulfilling its vision.