Bill is a native New Englander who moved to St. Petersburg in 1956. He graduated from Northeast High School in 1963, where he lettered in both football and swimming. After high school, he graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College (now St. Petersburg College) and then went to University of Florida to study Architecture. After a year, he changed his major to Education and transferred to the University of South Florida where he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in 1968. Several years later he returned to school, and in 1980 earned his Master’s degree from Stetson University.
He started his teaching and coaching career at Mims Elementary School in Titusville, then moved back to Pinellas County where he taught at Meadowlawn Junior High. After two years he transferred to his alma mater, Northeast High School, and remained there until his retirement in 2006. During his career, Bill taught and coached over 14,000 students. His coaching career began as a basketball coach at Meadowlawn (2 years) and then continued on at Northeast where he coached Football (14 years), Cross Country (20 years), and Wrestling (34 years).
During his career, Bill and the teams he coached received numerous awards and recognitions. He is not only proud of the numerous City, Conference (PCAC), District, and State titles his athletes earned, but is also proud that these accomplishments enabled many of his athletes to further their own education. His personal achievements include being selected PCAC Coach of the Year in Cross Country and Wrestling several times. In 2010, Bill was elected to the Northeast High School Athletic Hall of Fame. In further recognition of his outstanding coaching (343 wins), Bill was elected to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Stillwater, OK).
After his retirement from teaching, Bill turned to another passion of his, local politics. He ran for and was elected to the St. Petersburg City Council where he served for 8 years including being selected as its Chairman in 2014. Although he was term limited, he is now seeking to go back to his education roots by being elected to the Pinellas County School Board.
Bill is appreciative of his family, including his wonderful wife Michelle, their children Jennifer and her husband Jerry Tippett, Bill, Jr. and his wife Janelle, and four grand children, JP and Elise Tippett and Avery, and Liam Dudley.