Win it for Coach T

That’s the rallying cry for West DePere today in it’s Division 3 semifinal game.

Bill Turnquist, 63, has put in some long hours as West De Pere‘s coach the past 35 years, and it would be fitting for his Phantoms to be able to give him something back now.

Those who know him best would love to see Turnquist have an opportunity to coach at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison next week with a chance to win the program’s first state championship.

“More so for Coach Turnquist than for anything or anybody else, it would mean the world to him,” West De Pere defensive coordinator Jack Batten said. “He doesn’t need it to validate his career. I think what he has done for kids and the community stands by itself regardless of whether he wins a state championship or not. But I think for his own peace of mind, getting the final crown and winning the state championship would mean the world to him.”

Even if it happened, chances are Turnquist would downplay his role in the achievement, instead saying it’s the players and assistant coaches who make the Phantoms successful.

It would be Turnquist being Turnquist.

He’s humble, quiet, caring and hard-working. He’s passionate and intense about football. Perhaps most of all, he deeply cares about West De Pere High School.

“He is all of those things,” said Jodi Gibbons, the West De Pere activities secretary who has worked at the school for 32 years. “And very private. He is just a very private, humble man.”

So private that when some of his close friends are asked for the best Turnquist stories, most say there are none.  ( Source: West De Pere wants D3 state berth for Turnquist – GBPG)

Great article about a great coach and great person. Go read the whole thing.

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