Bill then returned home to wed the love of his life, Ginger Dunkerson, of Lordsburg, N.M., on May 27, 1956. Ten days later he reported to the U.S. Marine Officer Candidates School (OCS) for a two-year stint and played basketball for the Division team at Quantico, Va. Upon graduation from OCS, Bill was shipped to the Marine base in Okinawa, Japan, and played and coached on the basketball team. He was also appointed the assistant baseball coach of the 9th Marine Regiment. While serving he was selected to the 3rd Marine All-Star team, as well as the Far Eastern Armed Services All-Star team and received the MVP award. He was highly pursued by many professional baseball teams while serving and playing basketball in the Marines. If not for injuring his pitching arm (hard-throwing southpaw) during a basketball game, he would have gone into the big leagues. He had his choice of the Dodgers, Red Sox, Baltimore or Cleveland after his service stint.
After discharge, he obtained his master’s degree in education and accepted a teaching/coaching position at Scecina Memorial High School. He taught and coached at Scecina for six years before joining the staff at Manual High School, where he taught and coached for 31 years before retiring from IPS. During his years at Manual he was selected as IPS Coach of the Year twice in baseball. He was appointed the coach of the city south all-stars teams four times. He served as president of the Indianapolis Baseball Coaches Association for four terms and vice president for one. He also coached swimming at John Marshall High School and Arsenal Tech High School and was voted IPS Coach of the Year twice and won three city championships.
Bill enjoyed caring for his ailing wife and spending time with his family. He was a big fan of the Cubs, Reds, Colts, Pacers, Indiana college and high school sports, and watching his favorite teams on TV.