Ram tough: Wayne Turner's legendary Chattanooga coaching career built on father's fundamental advice

THUMBNAIL ONLY - Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Mark Wiedmer's drawing of Wayne Turner is seen in the studio at the Times Free Press on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
photo Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Mark Wiedmer's drawing of Wayne Turner is seen in the studio at the Times Free Press on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

On the surface there would seem to be little common ground between the 1997 Tyner and 1987 Kirkman football teams.

Both ended their season with a win but that's pretty much where the comparison would seem to end. The Rams ended that one-loss 1997 season by claiming the Class 2A state championship game on the frigid artificial turf at Vanderbilt Stadium, while Kirkman's lone win of the '87 season came on a muddy makeshift field on the grounds of Taft Youth Center.

The common link between those two otherwise distinctly different teams is Wayne Turner, who was on the coaching staff for both and does not see them as being dissimilar at all.

That's