With a career in football that spanned more than four decades, Cape Henlopen head coach Bill
Collick coached his final game this past weekend, leading the gold team in the annual DFRC
Blue-Gold All-Star game at the University of Delaware.
Throughout his 43 years in football, Collick affected players and programs throughout the state,
making stops at Delaware State University at the collegiate level and Sussex Tech and Cape
Henlopen at the high school level.
Days before manning the sidelines for the final time, Collick sat at his desk jotting down some of
the things he’s thankful for from his career, reflecting upon the successes and failures, the
relationships built and the lives he’s helped change for the better.
“It’s quite gratifying and special, it’s a great gift and I’m so grateful for my 43 years,” Collick said.
“I’ve been a few places and we’ve been able to accomplish a lot of great things but it’s about the
people you meet. Now that my last football game is here, I’m grateful to the football god and my
god for it all.”
Coaching was about more than winning football games. It was about molding young men and
teaching life lessons along the way.
“I love coaching, it’s such a parallel with parenting, it goes hand in hand,” Collick said. “The
entitlements, especially in football, go out the window. I love sports and sometimes we get into
entitlements but it’s not a part of the football process – you have to earn it.”
While preparing for the All-Star game, Collick has had the opportunity to do what he loves most,
be immersed in football.
Over the past few weeks, one thing that has stood out to Collick is the time spent with his
assistant coaches, some of whom he’s coached in the past and watched grow up, and others
he’s gotten to know better while competing against them.
“I had the opportunity in my career to coach Dwayne Henry and my son Billy, then I had the
opportunity to see Shaun Strickland with my son at a young age, now they’re all pillars of their
communities,” Collick said. “You get to know them through coaching, but now we get to talk
about growing being parents, it’s special.”
After helping him on the sidelines the past few seasons at Cape, Collick’s son, Billy Jr., joined
him as an assistant with the Gold team, another special part of that final contest.
“We talk about it all the time, we both say you don’t get this opportunity,” Collick said. “I’m a
coach and now he is, how many situations where they work out this way and you can coach
with your son? He really cares about kids, we always love our kids, but we love to like what
they’re doing and I like what he’s doing. He has a lot of energy, he’s growing as a coach, I’m
really proud of him.”
Collick wants his coaching career to be remembered for more than success on the scoreboard.
“I hope people believe that I’m a much better man and human being than a football coach, I
hope they’ll be able to evaluate it through the people I’ve been connected with,” Collick said.
“I’m hoping they would say that I was able to get people to rise above what they needed to rise
above and give back.”
With retirement ahead and his next path uncertain, Collick is looking forward to the next chapter
“I’ve been relatively healthy and I hope I can stay that way, I believe the good Lord has another
journey for me,” Collick said. “I hope to do something else, I don’t know what, I hope it’s to help
people, give them the help I was given. Dr. King said that one of thing you could measure
yourself by is what you do for others, so I’m hoping in some capacity I can do something for