There will be a familiar face roaming the sidelines for the Osborne High School football team in 2016. It was announced and approved this morning by the USD 392 Board of Education to hire Cullen Riner as the head coach of the Bulldog football program.
Riner returns to the football staff after spending eight seasons as a football coach with Osborne previously. From 2007-2010, Riner was the head coach. He compiled an 18-31 record in that time, which included three seasons of 11-Man football. In Osborne’s first season and Riner’s only season as head coach in 8-Man, the Bulldogs went 10-2 before bowing out in the Sub-State game against Hill City. After that, Riner then spent four more years as an assistant under Steve Tiernan. The Bulldogs went 39-7 in that time and won the 8-Man DI State Championship in 2013. When Tiernan left Osborne last summer for Solomon, Riner decided to take a step back and was not on the staff.
John Scarbrough took the head coaching position last July. In his one season as the head coach, the Bulldogs went 4-5, as he inherited a program that lost 10 seniors, including two 8-Man All-Stars and also had to find a new QB with the transfer of Jake Tiernan, who went to Solomon with his dad.
Scarbrough will remain a part of the Osborne staff, as Cullen Riner explains in his reasoning for returning to the Osborne football team.
When we chatted with Riner, he also discussed the tough position that Osborne was put in last summer. Riner feels the team performed well, given the circumstances.
Along with Riner and Scarbrough, Taylor Rippe, a Smith Center native who has been coaching the Osborne Jr. High football team, will also join the high school staff.