LINCOLN, Neb. — Former Husker quarterback Turner Gill, who has been the head coach at Liberty University for the past seven years, announced his retirement Monday.
Gill said in a press release that he made the decision to take care of his wife, Gayle, who was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2016.
“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," Gill said. "We have come to the realization that it is now time for me to step away. I can’t put into words how much this coaching staff, support staff and the players mean to us. We are so thankful for President Falwell, Becki Falwell and Ian McCaw and their support during our time here. They, as well as all of those mentioned, have been and will continue to be blessings in our lives. To God be the glory!”
Liberty posted a winning record in each of Gill's seven seasons at the helm of the program, and he helped guide the program as it transitioned from an FCS football program to the FBS level.
As a player at Nebraska, Gill helped lead the Big Red to three Big Eight titles as the starting quarterback from 1981-83. He threw for more than 3,300 yards and 34 touchdowns, and also ran for over 1,300 yards in his career.
After a brief career playing in the Canadian Football League, Gill served as a graduate assistant coach at Nebraska in 1989, and then was the Huskers quarterbacks coach from 1992-2003, and wide receivers coach in 2004.
He also had coaching stints with the Green Bay Packers, University of Kansas and University of Buffalo before being named the head coach at Liberty University in December 2011.