After seven years at Liberty, Turner Gill steps down
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
After guiding Liberty Football into Division I FBS, Turner Gill announced his retirement on Monday.
Gill finished his seventh season as Liberty’s head football coach with a win over Norfolk State Saturday, and that will be the final game of his coaching career. Coach Gill wraps his career with a 47-35 record at Liberty and a 72-84 overall head coaching record.
“Due to several factors over the last few months, I have decided that I need to retire from coaching this year,” said Gill at a Monday press conference. “President Falwell and Ian McCall have been very supportive of my decision. They offered me a new multi-year contract. They have been very good to my family and me over the years. I want to thank President Falwell, Becky McCall and Ian McCall for allowing me to do what I love and do what I see as my purpose: helping young men grow into men of character.
“In the summer of 2016, my wife Gayle was diagnosed with a heart condition. Both Gayle and I wanted to be here to help Liberty through their transition and we are so glad to have done so. We have come to the realization that it is now time for me to step away.
“I will miss my staff and the players immensely. I’m extremely sad to leave them. However, I cannot work over 90 hours a week and be there for my wife at the same time. I know that my staff understands that and I hope my players receive this information as another lesson in being a man and taking care of his family.”
Liberty posted a winning record in each of Gill’s seven seasons at the helm of the program, extending the Flames’ streak to 13 seasons in a row with a winning mark.
– Andy Hilton