Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

NEW PODCAST: Turner Gill, Liberty Football Head Coach

THIS IS EPISODE 156 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

On Dec. 14, 2011, Turner Gill was named head coach of Liberty University’s football program. Since then, he has led the Flames to six wins or more in each of his six seasons. In 2018, Liberty began competing as an independent at the NCAA Division 1 FBS level for the first time in its football history, and it will become bowl eligible in 2019.

Prior to his time at Liberty, Gill was the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks from 2010-2011, and from 2006-2009 at the University of Buffalo, where he was named MAC Coach of the Year in ’07. He also had assistant coaching jobs at Nebraska and in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.

Gill was an accomplished quarterback under head coach Tom Osborne at the University of Nebraska in the 1980s, helping lead the Cornhuskers to a 28-2 record as a starter and finishing fourth in the ’83 Heisman Trophy voting.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Gill about coaching at Liberty in its first year as a Division 1 program, his leadership style as a coach, spiritual disciplines he implements to himself and the team, what he learned from Tom Osborne at Nebraska, and the mentors that have helped him on his football and faith journey.

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