Football coach retires after 52 years at Lakeland High School

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) — After 52 years of coaching the Lakeland Dreadnaughts football team, Bill Castle is retiring. In 1976, Castle was promoted t...

January 5, 2023
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LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) — After 52 years of coaching the Lakeland Dreadnaughts football team, Bill Castle is retiring. In 1976, Castle was promoted to head coach. Since then, the school has seen a record of 473-98, making Castle the all-time winningest football coach in the state of Florida. The Lakeland High School Athletic Department said Castle led Lakeland to two USA National Championships, 8 FHSAA State Championships and 29 District Championships over his tenure. School officials said he won a championship in every decade he coached, 1986, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2018 and 2022.

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