High School Sports

Bryan Station hires football coach

Kenny Turner has been coaching high school football for 28 years, so he knows the highs and lows of the game.

He experienced a high when he was named the new coach at Bryan Station on Wednesday, only two months after experiencing a low when he was fired after a winless season at Madison Central.

"When I first started coaching, my mentor told me that if I stayed in it long enough, I'd see everything, and I have," Turner said.

"I'm eager and excited to get back to work at Bryan Station. I love football, but I love working with young people even more."

Turner replaces Oliver Lucas, who left after four years to become coach at Manual.

Turner, 52, was a standout athlete at Madison High in the early 1970s.

He was an assistant coach at Holmes for 12 years, and head coach of the Bulldogs for three years.

He was head coach at Madison Central the last seven years. He had an overall record of 50-31, highlighted by region runner-up finishes and 11-2 records in 2003 and '04.

Turner's Madison Central players included Paul Warford and Larry Warford, who are now playing at Kentucky.

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong when the Indians went 0-9 last fall. Turner said "the kids played their hearts out," but couldn't overcome their inexperience, injuries and a tough schedule.

Bryan Station Principal Gladys Peoples called Turner "a man of impeccable character and high expectations."

Turner has expectations to coach a long time.

"I told someone I'm going for Coach (Bob) Schneider's record at Newport Catholic," he said, laughing. "I believe I can take him."

Schneider coached NewCath for 44 years before retiring a few weeks ago as the winningest coach in state history.