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Coach Kill announces retirement due to health reasons

Still image from Coach Kill's press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 28. (Source: Minnesota Gophers/YouTube) Still image from Coach Kill's press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 28. (Source: Minnesota Gophers/YouTube)
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A legendary, former Southern Illinois University coach has announced his retirement.

Jerry Kill said today in a press conference that he will retire from his position as head football coach at the University of Minnesota, effective immediately due to medical concerns.

He is retiring with a career record of 156-102 and 29-29 at Minnesota.

Kill was named head coach on Dec. 7, 2010.

In 2014, Kill was voted the Big Ten's Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year by the conference's coaches and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year by the media who cover the Big Ten.

He was also named Region 3 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association for the second straight year. As the only repeat winner, Kill was recognized by the AFCA for the fourth time, as he was also named a Regional Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004 while at Southern Illinois.

Mike Reis worked with Kill during his time at SIU. He said his impact has brought the community to love SIU football.

“Outside of Jackson and Williamson Counties, it’s always been dicey for southerns to get football fans," Reis said. "Kill had such an enduring quality in counties like Franklin, Union and Jefferson County that people came to watch him or listen to games simply because he was Coach Kill."

Joel Sambursky was the quarterback during Kill’s coaching time. He was unavailable to speak, but released the following statement:

“Coach Kill worked tirelessly to make every program he coached and community he served to be better, and he left all of them in better shape than when he arrived. I am proud Coach Kill had the courage to step away from a job that he loved, at the peak of his career, to take care of himself and his family. Coach practiced what he preached and left everything he had on the field. I am excited to see what is next for Coach and Rebecca."

Coach Kill left SIU in December 2007 to take over at Northern Illinois.

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