Honoring His Era As Coach

Bill Redell, longtime leader of the Lions’ football team, received the ultimate honor from Oaks Christian Christian School on Friday, August 28, 2015 by dedicating its home football field within Thornson Stadium in his name. In his 13 years at OC, Redell helped the Lions capture seven CIF- Southern Section titles and a 2006 CIF State Championship. A reception was held at the Dallas Athletic Center on campus prior to the dedication on the field during the first football game of the season.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, is deep in thought before he addresses the crowd at a reception held in his honor before naming the football field after Redell, former coach of OC, before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at OC Campus on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, is deep in thought before he addresses the crowd at a reception held in his honor before naming the football field after Redell, former coach of OC, before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at OC Campus on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, chats with Verne Mason of Westlake Village at a reception held for naming the football field for Redell, former coach at OC on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, chats with Verne Mason of Westlake Village at a reception held for naming the football field for Redell, former coach at OC on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Gus Coll of Oak Park, who’s son plays on OC Varsity football team, signs a photo of Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, at a reception held for naming the football field after Redell, former coach held before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at OC Campus on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Gus Coll of Oak Park, who’s son plays on OC Varsity football team, signs a photo of Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, at a reception held for naming the football field after Redell, former coach held before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at OC Campus on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, thanks his wife for all her support over the years at a reception held in his honor before naming the football field after Redell, former coach of OC, before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at OC Campus on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, thanks his wife for all her support over the years at a reception held in his honor before naming the football field after Redell, former coach of OC, before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at OC Campus on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Cheryl Redell, wife of Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, smiles as he thanks her for all her support over the years at a reception held in his honor before naming the football field after Redell, former coach of OC, before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at OC Campus on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Cheryl Redell, wife of Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, smiles as he thanks her for all her support over the years at a reception held in his honor before naming the football field after Redell, former coach of OC, before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at OC Campus on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Jan Hethcock of Oaks Christian introduces the field dedication to the crowd as Bill Redell and his wife Cheryl are joined by David Price, the original founder of OC and other attendees on the field before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at Thorson Stadium on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Jan Hethcock of Oaks Christian introduces the field dedication to the crowd as Bill Redell and his wife Cheryl are joined by David Price, the original founder of OC and other attendees on the field before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at Thorson Stadium on Friday, August 28, 2015.

Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations, and his wife Cheryl are joined by family members as they walk on the field for the dedication ceremony at Thorson Stadium on Friday, August 28, 2015.

Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations, and his wife Cheryl are joined by family members as they walk on the field for the dedication ceremony at Thorson Stadium on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Bill Redell (c), Director of Football Operations and previous coach, chats with Jan Hethcock (l) and referee Chris Daste of Simi Valley on the field at the dedication ceremony at Thorson Stadium on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Bill Redell (c), Director of Football Operations and previous coach, chats with Jan Hethcock (l) and referee Chris Daste of Simi Valley on the field at the dedication ceremony at Thorson Stadium on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Elizabeth Sams, 16, a junior at OC, belts out the National Anthem on the field before the game between OC and Notre Dame at Thorson Stadium on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Elizabeth Sams, 16, a junior at OC, belts out the National Anthem on the field before the game between OC and Notre Dame at Thorson Stadium on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Bill Redell (c), Director of Football Operations and previous coach, his wife Cheryl, and Jan Hethcock pose for a photo with the founder of Oaks Christian, David Price, on the field at the dedication ceremony at Thorson Stadium on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Bill Redell (c), Director of Football Operations and previous coach, his wife Cheryl, and Jan Hethcock pose for a photo with the founder of Oaks Christian, David Price, on the field at the dedication ceremony at Thorson Stadium on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Cheryl and Bill Redell stand with the Thorson Stadium sign in the background dedicating the field to Bill Redell at the first game between OC and Notre Dame held on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Cheryl and Bill Redell stand with the Thorson Stadium sign in the background dedicating the field to Bill Redell at the first game between OC and Notre Dame held on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Michael Pittman, a senior at OC, runs with the ball at the first game between OC and Notre Dame held on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Michael Pittman, a senior at OC, runs with the ball at the first game between OC and Notre Dame held on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Jim Benkert, new head coach for OC, watches the play intently at the first game of the season against Notre Dame on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Jim Benkert, new head coach for OC, watches the play intently at the first game of the season against Notre Dame on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Bill Redell shakes hands with 2012 alumni Trent Holland at halftime during the first game of the season against Notre Dame on Friday, August 28, 2015. (2011 Alumni Brandon Gettleman (l) and 2011 alumni Kyle Smith (r of Bill)

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Bill Redell shakes hands with 2012 alumni Trent Holland at halftime during the first game of the season against Notre Dame on Friday, August 28, 2015. (2011 Alumni Brandon Gettleman (l) and 2011 alumni Kyle Smith (r of Bill).

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers OC new coach Jim Benkert gives thanks to God for their first game of the season win against Notre Dame on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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OC new coach Jim Benkert gives thanks to God for their first game of the season win against Notre Dame on Friday, August 28, 2015.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers #1 Michael Pittman, a senior at OC, gives a congratulations pat with QB Matt Corral, a sophomore, at the first game between OC and Notre Dame held on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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#1 Michael Pittman, a senior at OC, gives a congratulations pat with QB Matt Corral, a sophomore, at the first game between OC and Notre Dame held on Friday, August 28, 2015.

 

 

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