Coach Profile: Turner's Jeremy Milne 2/17
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Jeremy Milne traveled to many places before landing as the head coach at Turner last year. The former Olathe North player has gone from high school to college to assistant coach to head coach in the last decade with several impressive stops along the way.
In his first season at Turner the Bears finished 5-4 after losing their first two games. As the season went on Turner was playing its best football. The only thing that kept the Bears from the postseason was a district that featured Kansas 5A semifinalist St. Thomas Aquinas and state runner-up Bishop Miege.
Being part of a winning program is nothing new for Milne. He played for Gene Wier at Olathe North and then was an assistant at Shawnee Mission West in 2003, Avila University in 2004-5, Lawrence 2006-7, Richland (Tex.) High School 2008-10 and Blue Valley North in 2011. Along the way he has coached with West’s Tim Callaghan, Avila’s Tim Johnson and Bruce Young, Lawrence’s Dirk Wedd, Wier at Richland and John McCall at Richland and Blue Valley North.
“I’ve been blessed with several opportunities to work for some great people,” Milne said. “They have all had a tremendous impact on my life. As a kid, most of them were my coaches and in some ways they’re still coaching me, either directly or by example. I grew up wanting to be just like them. Out of respect, I still can’t bring myself to call any of them by their first name. “
Milne said he has taken a little from each of them as he has built his own program. Callaghan gave him responsibility right away and taught him to trust his assistants and let them coach. Johnson showed him there was more than X’s and O’s and you had to be a part of players lives in different ways. Under Young’s guidance he learned that a coaching staff can disagree but it needed to be united on a common goal. Wedd showed him that winning is a byproduct of showing kids how to win every day in life and doing things the right way. Wier gave him constructive criticism and allowed him to work in the highly competitive Texas high school football. McCall helped him learn how to navigate through the hiring process and put his best foot forward. His high school basketball coach Bob Duncan was also an influence because he made an impact on the lives of many kids.
The influences have become a part of his program at Turner. Milne said football isn’t just a sport that is played on Friday nights.
“At Turner, we believe the football program is a part of the entire learning process,” Milne said. “The foundations of our program are created from the same educational expectations taught throughout our school. As coaches, we will be role models. We will coach with intensity and enthusiasm. We will be honest with our players and they will understand our expectations. We will enhance the lives of our students through the game of Football. Our players will leave us as better people than when they arrived. They will leave us prepared to be successful.”
Milne said the decision to become a coach was easy and he loves his profession.
“(I love) the relationships you build with the kids and the coaches,” Milne said. “I love being a coach, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”
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