LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) - In the days leading up to what would be his final game on the sidelines at Williams Stadium, Turner Gill looked back at what the program had already accomplished in its first season at the FBS level.
"We've gotten exposure from west coast to east coast. North to South. So I think everybody knows a lot more about Liberty University because of the football program. So that's something that I'm proud of. A privilege," Gill said. "Our staff have done a fantastic job. This year was a tremendous challenge."
While Gill will be credited with helping the Flames transition into the highest level of college football, he won't be a part of Liberty's future after announcing his retirement Monday.
Gill spent seven seasons with the Flames.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement from coaching. 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," Gill said. "I can’t put into words how much this coaching staff, support staff and the players mean to us."
The school's search for the program's ninth head coach will begin immediately and both Gill and athletic director Ian McCaw will address the media in a press conference on Tuesday.
In the inaugural season at the FBS level, Gill led the Flames to a six-win season. Prior to that, he guided Liberty to their first ever trip to the FCS playoffs in 2014. Gill finishes his career with a 47-35 record in Lynchburg, which included four Big South championships.