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It's Official: Lech Steps Down as York Head Football Coach

York varsity head football coach Bill Lech officially resigned Monday after seven seasons. Lech had a 51-23 record with six Class 8A state playoff appearances.

York High School varsity head football coach Bill Lech has stepped down after seven seasons.

York athletic director John Rutter confirmed that Lech officially resigned Monday after they discussed the issue prior to Thanksgiving. Lech reportedly informed the team of his decision last week.

In his coaching career with the Dukes, Lech had a 51-23 record (.689 winning percentage) with six Class 8A state playoff appearances, an outright West Suburban Conference Silver Division title in 2006 and shared titles in 2005, 2007 and 2010. Lech will remain York as a physical education teacher.

“He has some personal issues and family things, and he’s needed the time away,” Rutter said. “I’d say he’s done quite well at York. He’ll be sorely missed by the athletes and parents, but particularly me. I’ve really enjoyed working with him. He’s a great guy and a great coach.”

This past season, the Dukes were 6-4, tied for third in the Silver at 3-3 and lost at Stevenson 31-28 in the first round of the 8A playoffs. The Patriots upset three-time defending state champion Maine South in the following round before losing to Glenbard North in the quarterfinals.

The 2006 Dukes finished 11-2—the program’s most victories ever in one season—and reached the state quarterfinals before losing at eventual state champion Wheaton Warrenville South.

There currently are no other coaching changes at any level in York’s football program. Rutter said there is no timetable for hiring a new varsity head coach but that hopefully it can be done by the early spring after most teaching openings are posted.

“That would be ideal. It’s kind of a wait and see at this time,” Rutter said. “Obviously, we’d like to have something in place sooner rather than later.”

Rutter said as of now, Lech plans to continue as the Dukes’ assistant badminton coach in the spring.

Lech has a 73-49 record (.598 winning percentage) over 12 seasons as a head football coach at three high schools.

Lech previously was head football coach at Dixon (2000-01) and Leyden (2002-04) from the WSC Gold Division. Dixon qualified for the playoffs in both of Lech's seasons with a combined 16-5 record. Leyden went from being winless in 2002 to 3-6 in Lech's final two seasons with the Eagles.

Jim Court December 02, 2011 at 04:39 AM
He must have wide support.Throughout Elmhurst are vehicles with bumper stickers stating " I am a friend of Bill"
The Smiths December 02, 2011 at 08:35 PM
BILL WILL BE MISSED. It would help if York goes out and gets a proven winning coach to take over this great established program. Will the York AD John Rutter go out and get a proven winner to show their continued commitment to winning. COULD THE WHEATON-WARRENVILLE COACH BE SWAYED? Nudera is NOT the answer. 12 years with Oak Park a 41-67 record, 9 of 12 losing seasons, conference record 18-54. Record against:York 0-12. Another mistake would be to promote the volatile York Sophomore coach Mark Bibel . If they have to promote from within the AD should give serious consideration to the York Varsity DB coach (name escapes me but saw him last summer speak and demonstrate at the Wheaton clinic for the Eagles coaches and he had this energy and charisma that had everyone paying attention). He's young and can grow with the program.
Brian Feeney December 02, 2011 at 11:14 PM
The York Varsity DB coach is Ramos. I would agree that he would be a very good selection
XYORKMOM December 06, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Ramos is definitely not the answer. I've heard him berate those boys on the field and in game films. Kids have quit the team because of him. He motivates through negativity. They should hire Zunkel. I agree, Nudera is not the answer or Bibel.

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