One of Waynesfield’s own is taking over the Tigers football program, and the hope is the young man can build a successful program for a long time.
The Waynesfield-Goshen school board approved hiring 25-year-old Tyler Turner as the new head varsity football coach for Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
Turner, who played football for the Tigers, is a 2006 graduate from W-G.
Turner also played baseball and did powerlifting while in high school. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for college.
Turner is married to a fellow Waynesfield native, Shauna Hardin.
Turner is now in his first school year teaching in the Waynesfield-Goshen school district. He previously taught at Lima Senior and Kenton.
Turner’s other coaching experience includes the Kenton junior high program.
In his new position, Turner has surrounded himself with assistant coaches who are very familiar with his new task, as the school board also approved assistant coaching contracts for former W-G head coaches Ernie Simpson and Doug Foley.
Simpson was the Tigers’ head coach in Turner’s first two years of high school, from 2003 to 2004. Turner was an assistant coach last year in 2013 during Foley’s lone season as head coach.
“I’m excited,” Turner said. “We have a good staff coming in. We’re fortunate to have two assistant coaches who both have head coaching experience at Waynesfield.”
Turner described the additions of Simpson and Foley to the staff.
“It’s going to be a tremendous help,” he said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for (Simpson). When I was trying to fill my assistant coach positions, it was a no-brainer.
“Doug Foley is someone who is familiar with the program, familiar with the players. He doesn’t have a whole lot to learn. He is obviously very involved. We should pick up where we left off last year.”
Turner said Simpson will be the team’s offensive coordinator and Scott Gray will return as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator. Dan Faraglia has also been added to the staff.
W-G went 2-8 last season.
The Tigers’ roster leveled off at no more than 25 players throughout the season.
It was a team which returned zero starters and only four letterwinners.
This fall, W-G will be returning a more experienced team, although Turner said he will instill new offensive and defensive systems.
“It will be a senior-heavy team,” the coach said. “From that sense, we do have a lot of leadership. At the same time, there will be new faces to the program as well.
“Although we have a lot of returning starters, there will be a lot of new terms and new formations that they won’t be used to. They’ll be a learning curve in the beginning.”
Turner described what he was most looking forward to in his new position.
“I’m looking forward to building a successful program which we once had,” he said. “The program under Gary Spencer had a lot of success. The athletes who came after that success lost sight of what got them there. I’m excited to get back to the basics and install a good work ethic.”
The Tigers won 84 games and made the playoffs four times in Spencer’s eight seasons as coach from 2005 to 2012.
Turner hopes to bring about that type of success in his tenure.
“I have every intention of seeing this through for quite some time,” he said.
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