Trimmer to retire as head grid coach at Immaculata-LaSalle High School

Trimmer to retire as head grid coach at Immaculata-LaSalle

Coach William Trimmer

Immaculata-LaSalle High School has announced that head football coach William Trimmer is retiring in June at the end of the current academic year.

Coach Trimmer’s career at LaSalle has spanned 14 years, making him the third longest tenured head coach in Miami-Dade County. Trimmer is credited with the resurgence of the football program at LaSalle after the school’s hiatus from the mid 1980s through the late 1990s.

“After 42 years of coaching, it is the right time to step back and enjoy life a little,” Trimmer said. “Our youngest son is graduating from the university this May and I had always promised my wife, Charlene, that when he completed his studies I would slow down.

“Boy, will I miss it…but I leave the program in good hands and feel honored to have been a part of such a great institution for all these years.”

Coach Trimmer will be inducted into the LaSalle Hall of Fame in April and will be honored with the Brother Carl Shonk Faculty Award for Distinguished Service to the school and its students.

Trimmer will be replaced by Matt Dillon. Coach Dillon, a Fort Lauderdale native, comes to LaSalle from Pope John Paul II High in Boca Raton, where he had been the athletic director and head football coach since 2011. In his second season at the school, Dillon led the Eagles to a 10-2 record, while in year three he lead the team to the Southeast Football Conference Championship game at FAU Stadium. Dillon is going into his 30th year as a head football coach at the high school level, compiling a record of 168-115.

Previously, Dillon was the head football coach at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, IA; winning back-toback large school State Championships in 2000 and 2001 and going 26-0 in the process. Dillon also took Dowling to the State Championship game in 1998. Overall, Dillon has sent 11 teams into the playoffs and was named the State of Iowa “Coach of the Year” in 2000. He has been either a conference or district “Coach of the Year” 12 times.

Dillon also spent four years as the head football coach at his alma mater, Cornell College, from 2006 to 2009. As a player, Dillon was a two time All-America quarterback; twotime captain and team MVP, as well as being selected as the Cornell College All- Century Team quarterback. Dillon was inducted into the Cornell College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.

“I am really excited to become part of the LaSalle family,” Coach Dillon said. “We have competed against one another during the past few years and I know first-hand the quality of athletes and students we have at the school.

“We will have a young team next year…but they are an eager and hard-working group of young men that will make their mark in our community and on the gridiron in the years to come.”

Immaculata-LaSalle High School is a coeducational, college preparatory high school of the Archdiocese of Miami under the direction of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco.

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