OSBORNE, KAN. --- The Osborne, Kan. high school football coach injured in a motorcycle crash is making progress in his recovery.
Those closest to Coach Steve Tiernan say he regained consciousness Monday morning.
"We're just incredibly grateful he is making progress and seems to be doing much better as time goes here," said Cullen Riner, Tiernan's assistant coach. "[The doctors] are trying to keep him sedated, really until he grasps what's going on."
Sheriff's deputies say Tiernan was driving home early Sunday just west of Tipton when he crashed his motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet. Tiernan was taken to Wesley Hospital in Wichita.
Riner says he will be taking over as head football coach for the Osborne Bulldogs until Tiernan is ready to return.
"Coach has meant a lot to our community, and the boys in our community more importantly. We've established a football tradition here, and he's been a huge part of that," Riner said. "We're all rooting for him."
Tiernan's wife and three children want to thank community members for all of their support and well wishes.
A state championship football coach has been hospitalized after a motorcycle accident in north-central Kansas.
Osborne County Sheriff's Deputy Danny Miner told WIBW that Osborne football coach Steve Tiernan was injured early Sunday in a motorcycle accident west of Tipton. He was hospitalized in Wichita.
Tiernan won two state championships in 8-Man football with Baileyville B&B in 2008 and 2010 and last year's 8-Man Division One championship with Osborne.