Hillsborough County coaching legend Billy Turner dies at 79

Last Updated: Friday, June 09, 2017, 9:45 PM EDT

The Tampa Bay area high school football community is mourning the loss of one of the greats as Hillsborough County's winningest coach Billy Turner passed away Friday morning at the age of 79 after losing a lengthy battle with cancer. 

Turner set the win mark in Hillsborough County at 254 in his 38 years of coaching, mostly at Chamberlain High School. 

Turner enjoyed unprecedented success, churning out winning seasons and sending players to the next level, including current Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.

Turner led the Chamberlain Chiefs to the state title game in 2001 where they lost to Naples.   The 2001 playoff run was part of a streak of 10-straight playoff appearances for Chamberlain.

The list of accomplishments is long for Turner as he started his coaching career at Hillsborough High School in 1968, his first of two stints at the school.   In between his time with the Terriers, Turner was an assistant coach and then Athletic Director at his alma mater The University of Tampa.   After 30 years at Chamberlain High School, Turner coached his last game in 2008.