Coach Post lifts the state championship trophy in 2012. (Decorah Newspapers file photo)
Coach Post lifts the state championship trophy in 2012. (Decorah Newspapers file photo)
A big part of what is considered Viking tradition for more than four decades will be gone from the sidelines this fall as Coach Bill Post announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the gridiron.
Post has been faithful to the Decorah football program, serving as an assistant coach, co-head coach, then head coach.
“I have been blessed with 45 years of being in a dream job,” said the retiring leader. “I am thankful to the good Lord that he directed and allowed me to work in such a great school with tremendous people. It has been an honor to teach and coach here. It has been a lot of fun working with my fellow coaches and administrators through the years who I consider true friends.”
Post began his coaching career as the assistant varsity coach from 1973 until 1976 under previous Head Coach Dick Wuest. From 1977 until 1993, the Decorah resident served as the 10th grade coach for the Vikings. Post and Dennis Olejniczak collectively served as co-head coaches in 1994 until 1999, when Post assumed the head coach position alone.
During his combined time in the program, Post has coached over 400 games, 10 district championships, 10 conference championships, 22 playoff appearances, four state runner-up finishes and five state championships.
As a head coach and co-head coach, the mentor compiled an overall record of 188-71 during the 24 years in the two roles. During that time, he led 14 teams to the playoffs as a part of 10 district championships and compiled an overall record of 31-13 in playoff games.
Playoff runs were highlighted with nine quarterfinal appearances, six semifinal appearances, five championship games and a state title in 2012.
Between 2008 and 2013, the Vikings amassed a 67-11 record and played in six straight quarterfinal games that also included a 25-game win streak in 2012 and 2013.
In 2004 and 2012 Post was recognized as Class 3A State Coach of the Year by the Iowa Football Coaches Association and was inducted into the IFCA Hall of Fame in 2014.
“I have greatly appreciated the support and backing of the community for not only Decorah Football but also all school activities. This is a big reason why this school system is so successful,” said Post. “A special thank you goes out to all of the players through the years who have worked so hard and unselfishly for they are what has made the Decorah football program something to be held in high esteem. While I look forward to spending more time with my family and grandchildren, I couldn’t not be more proud of being a Decorah Schools employee, coach and Viking.”
“On behalf of the Decorah School District, I would like to thank Coach Post for his 45 years of service to the football program of Decorah High School,” commented DHS Activities Director Adam Riley. “While his success on the field speaks for itself, those who have known him best are well aware that events on the field were secondary to his true mission of helping young people learn to contribute to a team and becoming the best citizens they can be. We are very thankful for the sacrifices he has made for the young people of our community and wish him the best as he makes more time to spend with his family.”
In 2014, Post took early retirement from the Decorah School District after 41 years as a business and physical education instructor and now will hang up his football shoes.