Coach Profile: Turner's Allen Terrell 4/12
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Like most coaches Turner’s Allen Terrell views his job more as a teacher and leader of young men than a person charged with just winning football games.
Terrell has been a head coach for five years all at Turner and in that time he has a 23-22 record. He has also made the playoffs three times in those five years with a record of 2-3. Even though the Golden Bears have had success on the field in Terrell’s tenure, he is thrilled with the opportunity to impact players on and off the field.
“Whenever I have had a stressful day, I try to reflect on what I get to do for a ‘job’ every day,” Terrell said. “Sure there are headaches and disappointments, but it is very rewarding to know that I will have a key impact on hundreds of young men’s lives every year. Not many people in other professions get that honor.”
Terrell is a lifelong Kansas resident who went to Lansing high school before heading to Kansas State. As a teacher and a coach he began his career at DeSoto where he was an assistant for five years before coming to Turner.
The coaching philosophy Terrell brought to Turner was shaped by his high school coach Rick Hodam along with help from his former boss at DeSoto Brad Scott. That philosophy is to teach young men to be a part of something bigger than themselves and the ideals of faith and service.
“Society has taught us all to ‘look out for number one,’” Terrell said. “We, on the other hand, try to teach our young men how to serve. The core covenants of our program are faith and service. It’s very easy to coach these two covenants in everything we do. If a young man doesn’t perform on or off the field how he has been coached to perform – he either A) doesn’t have faith in what his coaches are telling him to do, and/or, B) serving himself and not the team. Both of these are cut and dry, black and white values that we strive to develop.”
Terrell’s program is based on the idea that the lessons learned in the program will benefit his players as they grow into adults as much as helping them win football games.
“We work relentlessly on being servant leaders,” Terrell said. “This will help these young men immensely when they become husbands, fathers, employees, employers, etc.
“More than anything, we focus on the overall character development of the young men who commit to our program. We reward that commitment with life training that, in the end, will mean more to those young men than any win/loss record or state championship ring.”
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