COLLEGE STATION -- Jim Turner, who brings a diversified background to Texas A&M, has been hired as the Aggies’ offensive line coach, Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman announced today.
“Jimmy and I share similar philosophies when it comes to the offensive line,” Sherman said. “When I was at Green Bay, he would come and visit. When I watched tape of his line play, I observed a group of excellent technicians and that comes from coaching.”
“As a former Marine Officer, Jimmy will be our conduit to the Corps of Cadets because the Corps is very important to me and our staff here at Texas A&M,” Sherman stated. “I can see the discipline, leadership and mental toughness learned from being in the Marines Corps passed along to our football players. I think he is an excellent coach.”
Turner worked with the Boston College staff as offensive line coach this past spring. Prior to his stop in Chestnut Hill, he served two years (2005-06) as the offensive line coach at the University of Delaware. In the 2006 season, Turner added the title of assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Fightin’ Blue Hens.
In the 2006 season, he helped tackle Mike Byrne earn All-Atlantic 10 honors as the Blue Hens were among the Division I-AA leaders in several offensive categories. The 2005 Delaware offensive line allowed only 13 sacks and Brian Sims earned second-team All-Atlantic 10 honors.
“I am very excited about joining Coach Sherman, the staff, and players at Texas A&M,” Turner said.
Turner’s background includes stops at Temple in 2003-04 as the offensive line coach as well as three years (2000-02) at Cambridge, Massachusetts, as the offensive line and run game coordinator for Harvard. In 2001, the Crimson posted an undefeated 9-0 record and won the Ivy League crown. The 2000 Crimson offense broke 17 school offensive records.
Turner spent one season in Ruston, Louisiana, as the offensive line coach for Louisiana Tech in 1999. The offensive line allowed only 18 sacks in 566 pass attempts. The Bulldogs averaged 37 points a game and averaged 474 yards of total offense.
From 1994 through 1998, Turner coached at Northeastern University in Boston working with the offensive line and tight ends in 1994-95, before switching to running backs and special teams in 1996, and ending his tenure there as the defensive line and special teams coach in 1997 and 1998.
A native of Braintree, Massachusetts, Turner was a three-year letterman and two-year starter for Coach Jack Bicknell at Boston College as a fullback. He played in three bowl games, the Liberty, Cotton and Hall of Fame. His senior season he was named a team captain.
After earning his degree in sociology in 1988 from Boston College, Turner began his coaching career at his high school alma mater of Braintree in 1988. He spent the 1989 season in London, England, as the offensive coordinator of the Kent Rams before serving in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer in Europe, the Middle East and Japan from 1990-94.
Turner is married and his wife’s name is Patricia. They have one son, Michael.