WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- One of the Southland's most well-known coaches is deciding to call it quits. Bill Redell announced on Wednesday morning that he is retiring from his responsibilities at Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian after a successful 12-year stint on the sidelines.
Redell, 70, has been the only coach the program has known. He compiled a 144-17-1 record at Oaks Christian and won seven CIF-Southern Section titles, including six consecutive at one point, during his illustrious tenure as head coach of the Lions.
“I've been thinking about retiring for a while, I think it's time,'' Redell said. “We're going to make the official announcement later today and send out some press releases to the media. I'm about to go tell the players right now. They need to hear about this from me first.
“I'm leaving on good terms. I'm not mad at anyone. No one is mad at me. Well, maybe a couple of parents. In all seriousness, I have been very fortunate to coach for a long time here at Oaks Christian. I have gotten more out of this school than I could have ever imagined.''
In his 24-year coaching career, Redell finished with a 233-65-3 overall record. An Occidental College product, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
With his departure, Oaks Christian will soon begin its search for a replacement and all signs point to several Lions assistant coaches being interest in the position.
“It's time for me to turn the job over to someone else,'' Redell said. “From what I've been told, a few guys around here, that were on my staff before, could be considered. A national search could also take place. I wish whoever takes over the best of luck in the future. Hopefully, I'll be around on campus still, in some kind of capacity, to see how things work out here at Oaks Christian.
“Some guys hold onto coaching too long toward the end of their career. I didn't want to be one of those guys. I feel like I'm going out on my own terms, that's important to me.''