"One thing for sure that I'm placing faith in is that we have one person in Huntington who knows how to do these things probably better than any athletic director in the country, and that's Mike Hamrick," Williams said.
Hamrick already is guiding the athletic department through significant facility upgrades. Construction continues on the Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex and luxury suites at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. It soon will begin on the new indoor athletic facility, which will house an indoor football field and track, an academic center, space for a new hall of fame and a sports medicine translational research center.
Hamrick said he's already had conversations with Williams about a potential baseball stadium in Huntington. When Marshall finally crosses the finish line on its current projects, focus will turn toward baseball.
"When you've got the mayor on your side who feels as strongly about it as I do, that's very gratifying," he said. "That's how things get done. Again, our number one issue right now with a baseball facility, and we've discussed this on a regular basis, is land. That's something Steve and I are going to work in the future to address."
With a Huntington baseball stadium much closer to a dream than a reality, Williams said there are several wrinkles to iron out. Finding land on which to build it is top priority. Williams has ideas as to where a stadium can stand, but he needs to find a willing seller. Then there's the quest of finding a minor league team to call the stadium home.
But, Williams said, it's important now to keep the idea of a baseball stadium in the forefront of people's minds. If it stays there, his dream could move closer toward coming true.
"What I would love to be able to say at the end of four years is that we at least have a plan in place," he said.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.