Assistant coaches seldom receive a lot of recognition for their efforts, but the Head Coaches they assist do value them as vital cogs in the success of their teams. Bill Turner was one of those "vital cogs" for the Blue Streaks. Coach Turner was a member of the Blue Streak Football staff from 1984-2001, serving Head Coach Tim Sarver (HOF 2012) as defensive coordinator among other duties. This was a period of great success for HHS Football. The team won district and regional championships, reaching the ultimate success with a state championship that year. For his efforts Bill Turner was recognized by the Virginia High School League as the "Assistant Coach of the Year" in football.
From 1984-1994 Bill was an assistant coach of track and field, serving Coach JJ Updike (HOF 2011) as the coach of hurdlers and vaulters. The Blue Streak was very strong during this time, winning district and regional recognition in both team and individual performance. In 1986, the Virginia High School League recognized Coach Turner as the Walt Carmack Award winner for Group AA Track and Field coaches.
Prior to coming to HHS, Bill was Head Coach in football and track and field at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson. He was the Skyline District Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1979 and Football Coach of the Year in 1980. In 1980 he also received the Walt Carmack Award for Group A Track and Field Coaches. In 1971, he was Assistant Track and Field Coach of the State AAA Championship Track and Field team at Denbigh High School in Norfolk.
In addition to his coaching success, Bill was an outstanding math teacher, serving a total of 46 years, the last 31 at Harrisonburg High School. In addition, he taught math classes at James Madison University. Bill earned his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Richmond where he played baseball for two years. He received his Master's Degree from JMU.