Timothy Christian School is about to experience a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment in its athletic department. Coach Bill Bills has 997 career varsity wins. He is the patriarchal member of the Tigers athletic department and coached varsity soccer, basketball, and baseball for the first 25 years of the department’s existence while being its athletic director. As the TCS athletic department expanded in the 90’s Coach Bills’ stepped away from his position as varsity basketball coach. He also took a brief hiatus from coaching varsity soccer to follow his son’s soccer career at Messiah College and stepped away from his position as varsity baseball coach to lead the baseball program at Cairn University. As the 2000’s began, Coach Bills resumed his familiar role as head coach for both the soccer and baseball programs. Along with his 997 career varsity wins, Coach Bills has multiple alumni that have gone on to win NCAA national soccer championships and one alum that has gone on to play professional baseball. He lays claim to nine 1000 point scorers in basketball, was named Star-Ledger’s soccer coach of the year in 2005, and has won two GMC divisional championships in TCS’ first three years in the conference. The list of accomplishments across Coach Bills’ 39 year coaching career at TCS are too numerous for one article, these are just the cliff notes.
TCS’ Director of Athletics, Chris Hobbs, helps put Coach Bills’ win total in perspective. “It’s an iconic-type achievement. I’ll never do it and I’ll never oversee another coach that will accomplish this. What is incredible to me is that you can’t just show up for 39 years and accomplish this. You have to be competitive year in and year out for four decades. The consistent excellence is what is just overwhelming to think about. The fact that he’s won every one of these games here at TCS is just another incredible detail in what is an epic coaching story.”
Coach Bills will most likely accumulate his 1000th win this September as the TCS soccer team he is leading this season is one of his strongest in recent memory and are reigning GMC Gold Division champions. Maybe the most incredible part of this story is that win number 1000 will come and go and Coach Bills will just keep roaming the athletic fields of Timothy Christian’s Piscataway campus. Coaching. And winning. 1000 and counting…….