GEORGETOWN, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Georgetown College football team is looking for a new head coach for the first time in 25 years.

Bill Cronin was hired in 1997 after a few seasons as an assistant. He quickly got the hang of it, reaching the NAIA national championship game four straight years from 1999-2002.

After 16 NAIA tournament appearances and 218 total wins, Cronin announced his retirement to his team on Monday with the official farewell press conference held on Tuesday.

“Well you know I’ve lived here for a long time now I really truly came here in 1982 thinking I’d be here for a year or two and move on and up the ladder and all this other stuff how you get into this business and here I am,” Cronin said.

Cronin is a NAIA hall of fame member and won NAIA coach of the year honors twice, in back-to-back seasons in 2000 and 2001 when he won his two national championships with perfect seasons in both.

His 30-plus years spent in Georgetown are filled with memories he has always been fond of.

“It’s just been a home to me so the people in this community and what they stand for and how they do business I think it’s just a special place,” Cronin said.

Georgetown College Vice President of Athletic Brian Evans is beginning the search for a new head coach.