New Turner coach has strong coaching roots
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Jeremy Milne is a name familiar to many football fans in the Metro. The new Turner head coach was a standout quarterback at Olathe North before playing at Kansas State before becoming an assistant coach at several programs in the Metro.
Now Milne will take over the Golden Bears after spending last season as the offensive coordinator at Blue Valley North under John McCall. Milne takes over for Allen Terrell who stepped down at the end of the season.
The Golden Bears have seen steady improvement the last few years under Terrell going 4-5 the last two seasons. Turner plays in the tough Kaw Valley league and has held its own going 3-3 both years in a tie for third place.
Milne is ready for the opportunity to work with the athletes at Turner and feels like the one-high school district is more like a small town than a city school.
“I’m an Olathe guy so I guess you could consider me a Kansas City-city guy but before that I was born in a small town Hiawatha, Kansas,” Milne said. “I have small town roots and that is probably one of the things that really attracted me there was the one-horse town, small community feel and the kids growing up dreaming of being Turner Golden Bears.”
For first-year coaches there is no guarantee for success but a look at the pedigree of former coaches could be a good harbinger of things to come. Milne played for legendary coaches Gene Wier and Bill Snyder and has been an assistant coach at Shawnee Mission West with Tim Callaghan, Richland, Texas with Wier, Blue Valley North with McCall, Lawrence with Dirk Wedd and at Avila University for Tim Johnson and Bruce Young.
With so many respected former coaches and bosses Milne said he has a lot of people to thank for his knowledge of coaching.
“They’ve all had a tremendous influence on my life, not only in coaching but in all aspects,” Milne said. “I am where I am because of those guys and I am extremely excited for this opportunity to be a Turner Golden Bear.”
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