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West Springfield Football Coach Bill Renner Steps Down

After 10 seasons at West Springfield, Coach Bill Renner, left, said he plans to spend time watching son Bryn, right, play football and baseball at the University of North Carolina.
After 10 seasons at West Springfield, Coach Bill Renner, left, said he plans to spend time watching son Bryn, right, play football and baseball at the University of North Carolina. (By Richard A. Lipski -- The Washington Post)
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By B.J. Koubaroulis
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, December 2, 2008

West Springfield football coach Bill Renner said yesterday that he will step down, citing the desire to travel to follow his son's college career at the University of North Carolina.

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Renner, who led the Spartans to a 57-47 record over the past 10 seasons, notified his players yesterday of his decision.

"It was just the right timing for our family and for our team and for me to be able to look at myself and ask, 'Can I make the same commitment?' and I just couldn't, there's just no way," Renner said.

Renner's son Bryn, a senior quarterback at West Springfield who threw for 3,123 yards and 35 touchdowns this fall, has orally committed to play football and baseball at North Carolina.

"If I went to watch Bryn and left people here, I'd feel horrible," said Renner, who expects a hectic schedule as he travels the country to watch his son's games. "If I stayed here and didn't get to go see Bryn, I'd feel horrible. I've always told the kids that you have to make a 100 percent commitment and I just couldn't look myself in the eyes and know that I couldn't give each kid 100 percent."

Bill Renner turned around a program that had just six winning seasons before his arrival. Under Renner, West Springfield has had five winning seasons and won a share of the past two Virginia AAA Patriot District titles. He guided the Spartans to the Northern Region final and semifinals, respectively, in the past two seasons.

Renner's no-huddle spread attack has made West Springfield one of the area's most potent offenses, finishing ranked in the top two among area teams for points per game in two of the past three seasons.

West Springfield (8-4) scored an average of 43.9 points per game this season, second only to Stone Bridge in the Washington area.

"Yeah, it is enticing to say, 'Hey, let's see if we can keep producing what we've been producing,' but I think, quite frankly, that there is a good nucleus of people here," said Renner, who has sent 20 West Springfield players on to college football programs.

A former punter with Virginia Tech and the NFL's Green Bay Packers, Renner spent 20 of his 24 seasons coaching in Fairfax County. He was Mount Vernon's head coach from 1989 to 1993 before taking over at Langley, where in five seasons he became the school's winningest football coach.


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