After leading Olive Branch (MS) to three straight playoff appearances, Tyler Turner is heading back to Tennessee to lead Goodpasture into a new decade.
“Extremely excited to be at a school with the rich athletic tradition that Goodpasture Christian School has. I am leaving some outstanding people behind in Olive Branch that I will miss dearly. The kids I had the privilege to coach at OB will always hold a special place in my heart and it was an unforgettable three years. I would of not left OB for just any school, but Goodpasture is a special place that is committed to excellence in both Academics and Athletics as well as an environment that my three year old little girl and little boy that is due in April can thrive in both spiritually and academically,” Turner said.
Turner replaces Jerry Joslin who was “relieved of his coaching duties” after leading the program the last five seasons.
“Coach Turner has proven to be an outstanding high school head football coach at his previous head coaching appointments,” Goodpasture headmaster Ricky Perry said.
According to Perry, Joslin will stay on to teach and continue to serve as the Cougar girls track and field coach.
“I want to express our appreciation to Coach Jerry Joslin for his five year investment in Goodpasture Christian School and his excellent leadership with our football program. Coach Joslin will continue to serve at Goodpasture in the classroom for the remainder of this school year and as our head track coach,” Perry said.
“We look forward to him serving in some other roles for our 2020/2021 school year as he and his wife, Sandy, are tremendous ambassadors for our school.”
The Cougars are coming off a 4-7 season in which they lost to Knoxville Grace in the first round of the Division II-AA playoffs and Joslin was 17-39 in his tenure at Goodpasture.
“We are excited to have Coach Turner build upon the great foundation at Goodpasture Christian School and Cougar football, Coach Turner will be a blessing to all our young people at Goodpasture, especially our young men who wear the Cougar football uniform,” Perry said.
Turner spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Olive Branch (MS) where he led the Conquistadors to a 33-8 overall record and three playoff appearances in two different classifications (Class 5A in 2017 and 2018 and 6A in 2019).
Olive Branch are coming off a 9-4 record in which they lost in the second round of the 6A playoffs.
In his first two seasons at Olive Branch in 2017 and 2018, the Conquistadors made back to back 5A Semifinal rounds and had identical 12-2 records in those seasons.
Before going to Olive Branch, Turner had a very good two year head coaching run at Liberty as he led the Crusaders to a 25-4 record which included an undefeated regular season and a 3A Semifinal run in 2015 that ended in a 13-1 record.
A year later, the Crusaders made the 3A title game and finished 12-3 losing to Alcoa.
Currently there are 16 schools looking for a head coach they are: Carter, Cheatham County, Douglass, Fairley, Harding Academy, Hixson, Liberty, Loretto, Marion County, Red Boiling Springs, Silverdale, Southwind, Station Camp, Westview, Whites Creek and York Institute
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