DECORAH — One of the state’s most successful football coaches won’t be patrolling the sidelines at Decorah High School this fall.

Bill Post announced Wednesday that he has decided to retire from his head coaching duties after serving as a fixture in the Decorah football program as an assistant, co-head coach and head coach over the past 45 years.

Post compiled an overall record of 188-71 during his 24-year tenure as the school’s co-head coach and head football coach. That includes a 31-13 playoff record with five championship game appearances and a state title in 2012. He was named the Class 3A Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2012, and was inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

“I have been blessed with 45 years of being in a dream job,” Post said in a statement released Wednesday. “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.

“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. 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 (Post’s) 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,” Decorah athletics director Adam Riley stated.

“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.”