Tyler Turner is heading back to Mississippi after just one season at Goodpasture.
Turner has resigned at Goodpasture and will head to Jackson, Mississippi and take over perennial private school powerhouse Jackson Prep.
“Goodpasture Christian School wishes to thank Coach Tyler Turner for his leadership in directing our 2020 Cougar Football Program. He has provided an outstanding foundation for the pursuit of excellence by our future Cougar Football student athletes. Coach Turner has accepted the head coaching position at Jackson Prep in Jackson, Mississippi. Please pray for Coach Turner and his family as they make this move,” Goodpasture Headmaster Ricky Perry said.
According to Perry, Goodpasture has named assistant coach Greg Cotten as the Cougar interim head coach.
Goodpasture Christian School has named Greg Cotten to serve as the Interim Head Football Coach during the upcoming months. Coach Cotten brings a wealth of commitment, knowledge and experiences as he leads our Football Program during this time of transition.”
Turner replaces legendary Jackson Prep coach Ricky Black who is only the second high school football coach in Mississippi history to win over 400 games.
Black’s overall coaching record in 40 seasons as head coach is 401-79 including a 263-44 record in 24 seasons (1997-2020) at Jackson Prep.
Under Black, the Patriots played in the state title game 21 times and won 13 state titles (1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
Turner led Goodpasture to a 9-3 record which included a Division II-AA Semifinal trip where they lost to eventual state champion CPA this year.
Goodpasture won two playoff games this season beating Knoxville Webb in the first round then beating previously undefeated CAK in the second round.
This will be Turner’s four head coaching job and he has a 67-15 overall coaching record.
Turner started his head coaching career at Liberty in 2015 and posted a 25-4 in his two-year tenure in Jackson.
The Crusaders were the Class 3A runners up to Alcoa in 2016 and went to the 3A Semifinals the year before and finished 13-1 in 2015.
Turner then went to Mississippi and spent three seasons (2017-19) as the head coach at Olive Branch (MS).
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).
Currently nine schools in Brainerd, Cumberland Gap, Goodpasture, Grundy County, Hunters Lane, Jackson Central Merry, John Overton, Northwest and South Pittsburg are looking for a head coach.
Patterson Commits to Commodores
Langston Patterson is heading to the SEC to play his college football.
*Patterson (6-1, 215) was a defensive force for the Lions from his inside linebacker position as he made 72 tackles including 19 for loss as he was a Division II-AA Mr. Football Finalist and helped lead CPA to the DII-AA state title.
He also rushed for 733 yards and scored 13 touchdowns and chose the Commodores over offers from Arkansas, Coastal Carolina, Colorado, Duke, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee and Western Carolina.
“Vandy is getting the total package. Great person, unbelievable competitiveness, toughness, and gifted intellectually. He will have a chance to develop into another great Vanderbilt linebacker,” CPA head coach Ingle Martin said.
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