Osborne head football coach Cullen Riner has announced his resignation from the position. USD 392 Osborne accepted his resignation and has approved the hire of Brandon Wise as the new head football coach. Wise just completed his first season as an assistant for the Bulldogs this past season. Riner will be staying on as an assistant with Wise for the 2018 season at least.
Under Riner, Osborne has had a large amount of success. He came to Osborne in 2006 when the Bulldogs were still playing 11-man football. In four seasons, they went 8-29 playing a tough Mid-Continent League schedule. The switch to 8-Man in 2010 proved to be very beneficial for the success of Riner and his Bulldog team. In their first season of 8-Man, they went 10-2 and made it to the 8-Man DI semifinals before falling to then fellow MCL member Hill City. Riner stepped down from the head position in 2011, as Steve Tiernan coached the next four seasons. Riner stayed on as an assistant, and the Bulldogs amassed a 39-7 record, which included a 13-0 season in 2013 and the 8-Man DI state title. Osborne spent one season without Tiernan and Riner in 2015, going 4-5, but Riner returned to the sideline as the head coach in 2016, helping lead the Bulldogs to another 13-0 8-Man DI state championship. This past season, Osborne went 9-2, bowing out in the 8-Man DI quarterfinals at St. Paul. Riner is 32-4 in 3 seasons as a head coach in 8-Man football. In all, as a head or assistant coach, the Bulldogs have gone 71-11 in those seven seasons.
We had a chance to talk with Riner about stepping aside as the head coach for the second time. He said that now was the best time to be able to do more with family.
Riner also looked back over his time at Osborne and spoke about some of the things that stand out with his program.
As noted, with Riner stepping aside, Brandon Wise will be the new head coach for Osborne. Wise is a 2007 graduate of Derby High School and played college football at Kansas Wesleyan. Before spending the past season as an assistant at Osborne, Wise was an assistant coach under Chris Steiner at Central Plains for four seasons from 2012-2015 and the head coach at Marais des Cygnes Valley for one season in 2016. The Trojans went 1-7 that year, but Wise made the move to Osborne in hopes of one day taking over the program. That time has now come for him. We also had a chance to talk with Coach Wise, and he told us what attracted him about the Osborne job and community when he took the assistant position this past summer.
When asked if there is any added pressure to live up to Osborne expectations, Wise responded:
For our full interviews with Riner and Wise, tune in for the Sports Ticket on Wednesday morning at around 9:10. We’ll recap Riner’s tenure and look more in depth at what Wise brings to the table for the Bulldogs. Those interviews will also air online here at kdcountry94.com.