TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- After winning one game in 2016 Topeka West parted ways with football coach John Tetuan. In Tetuan's five seasons at Topeka West they won 10 total games.
Topeka West brought in one of their own to re-energize the program, Ryan Kelly who played at Topeka West in the early 2000s.
Kelly has spent the last four years as a running backs coach at Benedictine.
The former Charger knows what it takes to succeed at Topeka West. Kelly was on the Charger team that made it to the state championship game in 2002 and in 2005 he was the quarterback for the last Topeka West team to finish with a winning record.
"Yeah it's not going to happen over night. You know I think the first thing right now is to change the mentality, change the mindset, and that's a hard thing to do. People are hard things to change. Cultures are hard to change. I think the first thing that we have to do is really instill the fact that these kids can do it," said Kelly. "They need to have a better since of belief in themselves and we've been pushing them to do that and I think that's where it starts and to build on that we need to do a better job of being more consistent in the off season and the weight room and developing good team camaraderie and things like that."
Topeka West opens up the season at Seaman on September 1st.