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Mark Turgeon leaving Texas A&M and Big 12 to coach at Maryland

Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon talks to reporters Thursday at the 2010 Big 12 Media Days at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon talks to reporters Thursday at the 2010 Big 12 Media Days at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

May 10, 2011

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As the new basketball coach at the University of Maryland, Mark Turgeon hopes to experience the same kind of success he enjoyed at Texas A&M.

The Terrapins are counting on him to do just that.

Turgeon was hired Monday night to succeed Gary Williams, who retired last week after a 22-year run at Maryland. The 46-year-old Turgeon leaves the Aggies after making four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament and going 97-40 in his four-year stay at College Station.

"It was just too good an offer for me to pass on," Turgeon said in a release. "The thing that made it the most difficult was the players. Those guys have done everything I've asked for four years and we've had a great ride."

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson believes Turgeon has the ability to extend the winning tradition built by Williams, who won the national championship in 2002 and reached the NCAA Tournament 14 times. Just as important, Williams ran a clean program and maintained tight control over his players.

"We're thrilled to bring Mark to the University, where I'm sure he will continue to build on the great legacy and success of Maryland Basketball," Anderson said. "In Mark, we have brought one of the outstanding young coaches in the country, and one who has a proven record of achievement on and off the court. We couldn't be more excited."

Turgeon will be introduced at news conference Wednesday afternoon at the Comcast Center, where Williams formally stepped down in an emotional ceremony on Friday.

Turgeon joins the Terrapins and the Atlantic Coast Conference after earning Big 12 coach of the year honors with A&M in 2010 and 2011. He is the only coach in Big 12 history with at least 24 victories in each of his four seasons.

Turgeon is 250-159 after 13 seasons overall as a head coach, including seven with Wichita State. He went 128-99 with the Shockers and reached the round of 16 in 2006.

He began his head-coaching career at Jacksonville State, going 17-11 in his final season there (1999-2000) after going 8-18 in his first year.

Turgeon was an assistant at Kansas for five seasons. He also played guard for the Jayhawks from 1984-87.

He said leaving Texas A&M was one of the most difficult decisions he's ever had to make.

"Marriage was easy for me. I knew I was in love. Going to KU was easy, that's where I always wanted to play college basketball," he said. "Going to Wichita State was easy. Going to Texas A&M was an easy choice. Today was one of the hardest choices I've had to make because of the young men in that locker room."

Comments

Richard Payton 3 years, 6 months ago

This move positions Mark Turgeon for the Kansas job after Bill Self leaves or retires.

ferrislives 3 years, 6 months ago

Here's hoping that you're right. I've been hoping for that for a while now.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 6 months ago

Where would Self go? To the pros, maybe. Otherwise, he and Turgeon are roughly the same age, so waiting around for his retirement is out.

Maryland isn't quite in the same category as Duke, Kentucky, NC or KU, but it's still a premier job, and a definite step up from A&M. More likely, he might move to NC when Williams retires. Or, he may spend the rest of his career at Maryland.

ferrislives 3 years, 6 months ago

You are correct that Turgeon is only 3 years younger than Self, but it's just a dream of mine. Probably because I was here in '88 as a kid, and was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Turgeon along with some other players. He's a good human being, and a great coach. But I like Bill as well, so either way, we're good.

colreader 3 years, 6 months ago

Speaking of coaches and their possible destinations, what are the prognosticators saying about coach Manning? I want him to stay forever, but...........

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