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His 39 years as a head high school football coach includes 255 wins, 17 playoff appearances

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 04:00 AM

After 49 years of coaching, Billy Turner is finally calling it quits.

On Thursday afternoon, Chamberlain High's 71-year-old football coach confirmed he told his team of plans to retire and said he will to make an announcement Friday morning at the school.

Turner will end his career with 255 wins, 152 losses, 25 winning seasons and 17 playoff appearances in 38 years. In 2001, Turner led Chamberlain to the Class 5A state championship game.

At Chamberlain, Turner compiled 205-120 record. The last two seasons, Chamberlain had reached the 5A region final. While at Chamberlain, Turner helped several players earn college scholarships, some of which now play in the NFL, like Philadelphia's Brodrick Bunkley. In eight seasons as coach at Hillsborough High, he won 50 games.

Before the season, Turner hinted this would be his last season, but didn't want to make it official until after the season. During the 2007 season, he had to check into the hospital for respiratory and heart problems. This past summer, he had a pacemaker installed.

Turner will retire as one of the area's all-time greatest coaches. The National Football Foundation decided to name Hillsborough County's football Coach of the Year award after him and entering this season, Chamberlain administration decided to name the field at Chamberlain for him, but the Hillsborough County School Board said that the honor must wait until Turner is officially retired.


Reporter Nick Williams can be reached at (813) 259-7851.

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