Bill Redell retires from Occidental College
Local legend steps down from coaching ranks.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Bill Redell won eight CIF Southern Section championships at Oaks Christian and Crespi, compiling a career coaching record of 233-65-3. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
The College Football Hall of Famer, who formerly coached at St. Francis and won eight CIF Southern Section championships at Oaks Christian and Crespi, came to Oxy in May and will remain very involved in his alma mater's program as a consultant.
"I have been very fortunate to come back to Oxy and end my athletic career here," Redell said. "I'm very appreciative of everything the college has done.
"I felt I could be more valuable in an advisory and consultant role than as the head football coach. That being said, I'm grateful to have worked with so many outstanding young men and I'm excited to continue in my new role."
Occidental College athletic director Jaime Hoffman and President Dr. Jonathan Veitch asked Redell to spearhead a committee that will devise a strategic plan for Occidental athletics.
"We're very grateful to have had Bill lead our program this year," Hoffman said. "In a short amount of time, he's had a very positive impact, so much so that we're not ready to let him go just yet."
Redell has a CIF Southern Section career coaching record of 233-65-3 and last coached at Oaks Christian in Westlake Village from 2000 to 2011, where he won seven CIF championships and led the Lions to a record nine consecutive CIF championship games and a 48-game winning streak.
Redell was drafted by the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and AFL's Denver Broncos in 1963, but had most of his success as a player in the Canadian Football League. He led the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to a Grey Cup Championship in 1967.
Redell grew up in Pasadena and was a three-sport standout at San Marino High, where he was named the 1958 lower division MVP.