October 30, 2014

West De Pere’s Turnquist resigns as head football coach

Bill Turnquist has resigned his head football coaching position after spending 39 years in the West De Pere Phantoms program.

Bill Turnquist - Photo Courtesy of Doug Ritchie/WLUK TV

Bill Turnquist – Photo Courtesy of Doug Ritchie/WLUK TV

Turnquist was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005 and led West De Pere to back-t0-back WIAA Division 3 state titles in 2010 and 2011.  His 303 career wins rank 5th among all coaches in state history.

Turnquist’s long time assistant, Jack Batten, will take over the head coaching position.

Turnquist led the Phantoms to three straight trips to Madison from 2009 to 2011 and seven straight Bay Conference titles from 2006 through 2012.  West De Pere finished 9-2 this past season.  Hortonville ended the Phantom’s streak of Bay Conference titles and Appleton Xavier took the Phantoms down in the Division 3 playoffs 30-28.

West De Pere qualified for the postseason 16 times under Turnquist since 1981, including the last 10 consecutive seasons.

Batten is a 1984 graduate of West De Pere.  He played on Turnquist’s varsity teams for three years as a starting quarterback and cornerback.  He’s been West De Pere’s defensive coordinator since 2006.