Whites Creek High School has found its next football coach.
Two months after parting ways with former coach Rayna Stewart, who posted an 0-20 record in two seasons, Whites Creek has tabbed former Brainerd High assistant Tyrus Ward as the Cobras’ next head coach.
“It’s an opportunity to coach football and an opportunity to work with kids, which I’m very passionate about,” said Ward, a Chattanooga native. “I’ve learned a lot over these past years of being an assistant, and I think I’m ready to take the next step.”
Ward, who graduated from Brainerd in 2002, spent one season as an assistant at Red Bank High (2009) – where he helped lead the Lions to a 12-1 record and a Class 4A quarterfinal appearance – before returning to his alma mater the following year.
Ward, who is also the head girls basketball coach at Brainerd, will finish out the current basketball season in Chattanooga before arriving at his new post in March.
He’ll be tasked with turning around a program that has lost 29 of its last 30 games.
“We’ve got to find wins in other areas,” Ward said. “Everybody making it to workouts on time and doing what they’re supposed to do inside the classroom and in the hallways. I believe that winning is a byproduct of discipline and holding each other accountable.”
The Cobras are just 6-44 over the past five seasons, and they haven’t notched a winning season since 2009.
“Winning is a choice, and we’re going to choose to win by doing all the little things right.”
Efforts to reach Whites Creek principal Dr. James Bailey have been unsuccessful.
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