Anderson assistant Turner named head coach at Webster County

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By Kevin Patton, The Henderson Gleaner

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Adam Turner, who has helped Anderson County reached the Class 5-A Final Four two of the past three years, says he is committed to turning around a Webster County football program that has had three straight one-win seasons.

“We are going to rebuild it to the best of my ability,” said Turner, who has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Anderson, which was the state runner-up in 2011 and lost to Pulaski County in the state semifinals last season.

Webster County, which announced Turner’s hiring Monday, hasn’t had a winning season since reaching the state semifinals in 2002 and hasn’t won more than five games in any year since 2007. It will take some time to right the ship, said Turner, who will be the Trojans’ fourth coach in the last six years.

“It’s not going to be an overnight deal, but I’m going to try to change things,” he said. “I want to build a solid foundation and get a solid group together. I want the kids to match my enthusiasm.”

Turner has coached offensive and defensive lines, running backs and defensive backs on Mark Peach’s staff at Anderson County, which has had a 49-18 record during his five years at the school. He also spent two years as an assistant at Marion County.

This is Turner’s first head coaching position.

“I don’t ever remember being as excited about anything. This is something that I’ve been working toward since Day One of my career,” he said.

A 1999 graduate of Bell County High School where he was four-year letterman as an offensive lineman, Turner then played football at Campbellsville University where he was second-team all-conference player and an honorable mention NAIA All-American.

The Trojans’ style of play will be determined by the team’s personnel but Turner said he does have a preference of what he would run. “If I have the right personnel, I would run a spread offense to put the defense under as much pressure as I can,” he said. “

Turner graduated from Campbellsville in 2004 with a degree in criminal justice administration and completed his master’s in education in 2009.


Bearcat head coach Mark Peach on Turner's departure

“Adam coached our running backs last year. He has also coached offensive and defensive line. He also served as our JV coach and did a marvelous job. We cannot thank him enough for his hard work and sacrifice for the Bearcat football program. We are very happy for Adam and this head coaching opportunity. He will do a great job.”