COLLEGE STATION -- Former Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon has been named the 20th men's basketball coach at Texas A&M, Director of Athletics Bill Byrne announced on Tuesday.
"I'm thrilled to have Mark and his wonderful family join us in Aggieland," Byrne said. "He's one of America's brightest young coaches, with a great heritage of basketball history. In most circles, you're known by the company you keep. Larry Brown, Roy Williams, Bill Self and John Calipari among others have influenced Mark personally and professionally during his career. I know the Aggie Family will come to appreciate Mark the same way I do. He is a winner on and off of the court."
In seven years as head coach at Wichita State (2000-07), Turgeon built the Shockers into one of the premier teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, culminating in a conference title and NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2006.
In the 2006 NCAA Tournament, WSU knocked off Seton Hall and Tennessee before falling to eventual Final Four participant George Mason. Turgeon was named the 2006 MVC Coach of the Year.
He built a 128-89 record (.590) at WSU, third most wins in school history. He posted a 104-56 record (.650) in his final five seasons, an average of 20.8 victories per year. He led the Shockers to three straight NITs from 2003-05 in addition to the 2006 NCAAs, the first time WSU had four straight postseason appearances in 40 years.
WSU had a school-record 14 sellouts at Charles Koch Arena (10,478 capacity) in 2005-06 and its average attendance of 10,436 ranked the Shockers among the top 40 programs in the country.
Prior to WSU, he served as head coach at Jacksonville State for two seasons (1998-00), posting a 17-11 record in his second year after finishing 8-18 in his inaugural campaign. He led the Gamecocks to a 12-6 record and a tie for third-place in the Trans America Conference in his final year.
The 42-year-old Turgeon's overall record in nine years as a head coach is 153-118 (.565).
He served as an assistant coach at Kansas for five seasons, first under Larry Brown (1987-88) and then under Roy Williams (1988-92). The Jayhawks made the NCAA Tournament four of those seasons, capturing the national championship in 1988 and finishing second in 1991. Kansas won back-to-back Big Eight Conference titles in 1991-92.
Turgeon was the top assistant under Jerry Green at Oregon from 1992-97, where he worked briefly with Byrne, who was the athletics director at Oregon until August of 1992. Turgeon helped the Ducks to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 34 years.
He was an assistant coach under Brown with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers in 1997-98 before accepting the head coaching position at Jacksonville State.
A point guard at Kansas from 1984-87, he was the first player in Jayhawks history to play in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, helping the team to a 108-33 record under Brown. Turgeon served as team captain in 1986 and 1987, leading the Jayhawks to the 1986 NCAA Final Four. He was named to the Big Eight All-Academic Team in 1986 and was selected to the Big Eight All-Freshman Team in 1984.
He earned a bachelor of science degree in Personnel Administration from Kansas in 1987.
A native of Topeka, Kan., Turgeon led Hayden High School to back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 1982 and 1983, earning all-state tournament honors each year. A first-team all-state performer as a senior, he helped Hayden to a 47-3 record in his career.
Turgeon is married to the former Ann Fowler of Chicago, Ill., and they have two sons -- William Harris and Leo and a daughter, Ella.
2007: Texas A&M, Head Coach
2000-07: Wichita State, Head Coach
1998-00: Jacksonville State, Head Coach
1997-98: Philadelphia 76ers, Assistant Coach
1992-97: Oregon, Assistant Coach
1987-92: University of Kansas, Assistant Coach
Topeka Hayden High School, 1983
Kansas (B.S. in Personnel Administration, 1987)
Topeka Hayden High School, 1980-1983
Born: Feb. 5, 1965 in Topeka, Kan.
Children: William Harris, Ella, Leo
ASSISTANT COACHING RECORD
Head Coach: Larry Brown (1987-88)
1987-88 27-11 NCAA Champions
Head Coach: Roy Williams (1989-92)
1989-90 30-5 NCAA Second Round
1990-91 27-8 NCAA Runner-up
1991-92 27-5 NCAA Second Round
Head Coach: Jerry Green
1994-95 19-9 NCAA First Round
1996-97 17-11 NIT First Round
Head Coach: Larry Brown
HEAD COACHING RECORD
2002-03 18-12 NIT Opening Round
2003-04 21-11 NIT First Round
2004-05 22-10 NIT Second Round
2005-06 26-9 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING...
WICHITA STATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR JIM SHOUSE: "Mark did an unbelievable job of rebuilding our program to the highest level. When he came here, the basketball program was in last place and he took them to first place in a very short period of time. He was instrumental in our attendance growth, and was great to work with in the community and the university. He is first class in all regards. He will be greatly missed at Wichita State, but at the same time we're happy for this opportunity for Mark and (wife) Ann. He has great leadership at Texas A&M in Bill Byrne. The ability to recruit Texas was a niche for Mark and his staff. They were highly successful recruiting the state of Texas, and especially east Texas.
"He signed a number of players from Houston. He has established a quality relationship with the high school coaches in Texas. I think his ability to recruit Texas and his relationships with the high school coaches factored into his interest in the Texas A&M coaching job. Mark has an impressive coaching pedigree. He learned from Larry Brown and Roy Williams and that shows in his style. He plays an exciting brand of basketball that the fans will appreciate. His teams play hard and play good defense, but he is also very offensive-minded. I have always been impressed with the way he conducts practices. His practices are incredibly efficient. They are not long practices, but they are very efficient. He is the total package and he will do a great job at Texas A&M."
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS EXECUTIVE VP LARRY BROWN: "Mark Turgeon was the first kid we signed at KU. He played four years for me and was a captain. Then he was an assistant with me on the 1988 National Championship team. He also worked on my staff at Philadelphia. I love him. I think it's a great job at Texas A&M and he's a wonderful fit. I think he will do an amazing job. Texas A&M is getting a great coach, and Texas A&M is a perfect fit for Mark. (On Turgeon's style) "He's smart enough to figure out what his kids can do, and tailor what he wants to do on their strengths.
"He's worked with Roy (Williams), but he's developed his own style. His teams are going to play hard, play unselfish and they are going to guard. That's the way Billy did it as well, so I think the transition won't be difficult.
"What Mark values is the same as what Billy valued. I am a big fan of Billy Gillispie and I'm a huge fan of Mark Turgeon."
KANSAS ASSISTANT COACH DANNY MANNING: "I'm excited and happy for Mark and his family. I think it is a great hire for Texas A&M. Turg is going to be someone that when his teams step on the court they will be prepared to play at a very high level."