The tradition of football at Wellington High School drew Tylar Ryan to the job. He was recently named the school's new football coach, and will also be coachiing track next year.
Ryan, 28, was the head coach at Trinity Academy for the past two seasons. He has also coached at Wichita East and at Holton.
"Ive been in the Wichita area a long time and am familiar with the tradition of Wellington Football," he said.
He played at Circle High School and played against Wellington while there.
Wellington had been to the playoffs for 19 consecutive seasons before it went 3-6 last year.
That tradition was something that made Ryan want to take the job.
"I am familiar with the respect people have for the program in general. When I looked at the job I talked with people around the state and they all spoke well of Wellington footbal," he said.
The Crusaders may well be a ground-oriented team next year under Ryan's direction.
While at Trinity his team ran a flexbone offense, and at Holton they ran a Wishbone offense.
"There is a lot you can do with the flexbone. You can have a power game, run the option and have some passing. It is very flexible depending on the people you have," he said.
Ryan said there are things he will bring from both the flexbone and the wishbone when he installs his program at Wellington next year.
Ryan has been in Wellington several days this week, and he will be in town through the summer working with the players as they do summer weight training.
By the time football practice starts in late summer, he hopes to be familiar with most of the players.
Ryan, a Kansas State graduate, got married last December. He and his wife Stephanie live in Wichita now.
He hopes to move down to Wellington at some point, but may still be in transition into the next school year.