Tyner hires Brainerd's Tyrus Ward as football coach

Staff file photo by Robin Rudd / Tyrus Ward, Brainerd's head coach the past four seasons, has taken over the Tyner football program.

For much of his coaching career, Tyrus Ward has earned a reputation for taking on rebuilding projects and turning around struggling programs.

Ward, who has guided two downtrodden high school football teams to the playoffs shortly after taking over, has now been given the chance to lead an established program. Tyner announced Friday afternoon that the 36-year old Ward will be the Rams' head coach, replacing Wayne Turner.

"Tyner puts me in a football culture. It's a place with a football-rich tradition," Ward said. "Kudos to Coach Turner and all the players who built that. I love that there is already a standard in place. That's what drew me to the job. I'm coming in on the shoulders of the people who laid the groundwork, so I have an obligation to continue that success."