Mark Turgeon is entering his eighth season at the helm of the University of Maryland men’s basketball team after leading the Terrapins to seven straight winning seasons and three NCAA Tournaments during his tenure. Turgeon, who has won 24 or more games in four different seasons with the Terrapins, won his 400th career game as a head coach and 150th game at the helm for Maryland on December 29, 2017 as the Terps secured a 66-45 victory over UMBC.
He has led three different programs to 12 postseason appearances, which includes the Terps advancing to their first Sweet 16 in 13 years in the 2015-2016 season. Turgeon signed a four-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season on Oct. 27, 2016.
In his first seven seasons at Maryland, Turgeon has compiled a 157-81 (.660) record. He recorded the most wins for a head coach in his first five years in program history (114). Turgeon won 79 games during a three-season span from 2014 to 2017, the second-most wins during a three-year period in school history. He is the first coach in Maryland history to lead the Terps to three 24-plus regular season-win seasons. Turgeon also had the Terrapins ranked in the Associated Press top-25 for 36 consecutive weeks, including 20 weeks in the top-10. Maryland had previously not been ranked in the top-10 since Feb. 3, 2003, a span of 12 seasons.
Under Turgeon, Maryland has also thrived in its first four seasons as members of the Big Ten Conference, earning three top-3 finishes and compiling a 46-26 (.639) conference record. Turgeon’s teams boast a 28-8 home record in conference play, including a perfect 9-0 mark in its inaugural season. He was named the 2015 Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Since taking over the program in 2011-12, Turgeon’s Terrapins have amassed a 107-22 (.790) home record overall, while recording the most consecutive wins at home in program history (27) from Dec. 6, 2015 - Feb. 13, 2016. Maryland has amassed a 62-10 (.861) mark in home games since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15, tied for the second highest home win percentage in the conference during that stretch.
Turgeon led the Terrapins to a 30-11 record through their first 41 Big Ten games, becoming the fastest Big Ten coach to reach 30 conference wins since former Illinois mentor Bruce Weber guided the Illini to 30 victories in his first 35 conference games at the helm during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 campaigns and the first three conference games of the 2005-06 season.
Turgeon has led his teams to a winning season in 17 of his 20 seasons, including a current streak of 16 consecutive winning seasons. The Terps won 27 or more games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns.
In 2016-17 Turgeon led Maryland to a 24-9 record, with an impressive 11-2 mark away from XFINITY Center and its aforementioned third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. With a 20-2 record through 22 games in 2016-17, Turgeon topped the 1998-99 squad for the best regular season start in program history. Additionally, Turgeon was instrumental in the development of three-time All-Big Ten guard Melo Trimble, who became one of just four players to post 1,600 points, 400 assists and 150 steals at Maryland. Trimble was also just one of two players (Joe Smith) in school history to record 500 or more points in each of his first two seasons at Maryland.
Under Turgeon’s direction the 2015-16 team finished with 27 victories and opened the regular season with a 15-1 record – the best start in program history. Maryland featured five All-Big Ten performers, including guard Melo Trimble (Second Team All-Big Ten) who was also named to the Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America Team. Center Diamond Stone was a Third Team All-Big Ten selection and was named Associated Press Big Ten Newcomer of the Year. Forwards Jake Layman and Robert Carter, Jr., as well as guard Rasheed Sulaimon each earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors.
Maryland posted victories over five teams that advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. In addition, the Terrapins also defeated rival Georgetown in a monumental game played on the College Park campus for the first time in four decades.
Maryland, ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press and No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, finished 27-9, marking the first time in program history the Terps have put together back-to-back 27-plus win seasons. Maryland’s 4-0 start in conference play marked the best start since 1996-97.
The Terrapins also led the Big Ten and ranked fifth nationally in attendance in 2015-16, averaging 17,863 fans per game.
Maryland posted a school-record 26 wins during the regular season in 2014-15 and notched 28 total, an eight-game improvement from its 17 victories during the 2013-14 season. The 11-game win total was the second-highest improvement among all Power Five schools. Maryland also advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Terps finished their inaugural season in the Big Ten with an aforementioned 9-0 home record, which included victories against then-No. 5 Wisconsin, Michigan State and Indiana. Overall, Maryland concluded with an 18-1 home mark at XFINITY Center.
Maryland’s 14-1 record in 2014-15 marked its best start in 18 years (1996-97). Turgeon posted 25 or more wins in a season for the fourth time in his career.
Since arriving in College Park, Turgeon has signed six consecutive nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including a top-10 class in 2016.
Under Turgeon, the men’s basketball team posted its highest single year APR score of a perfect 1,000 in 2012-13 and has also graduated all 13 of his student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility at Maryland.
In 2013, he captured his 300th career victory with an 85-74 defeat of Tulsa on Dec. 29, before leading the Terps to a thrilling overtime win against No. 5 Virginia in Maryland’s final ACC regular season game.
Turgeon’s winning percentage of .600 (42-28) was the best mark by a Maryland coach in his first two seasons, ahead of Bud Millikan (.592) and Gary Williams (.574). After bringing in a top-15 recruiting class in 2012, he led the Terrapins to a 25-13 record (most wins in six seasons) and appearances in the ACC Tournament semifinals and the NIT semifinals in 2012-13.
Turgeon directed Maryland to three wins over a ranked team in 2012-13 after Maryland had gone two seasons without one. The Terps were the only team in the nation to beat Duke twice, while also knocking off then-14th ranked NC State at home in January. Maryland’s win over Duke at home on Feb. 16 was its first over a No. 1 ranked opponent in five years.
Turgeon, who came to College Park after directing Texas A&M to four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, led Maryland to a 17-15 record in 2011-12. At A&M, he posted a 97-40 record in four seasons and was named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. He is the only coach in Big 12 history with at least 24 victories in each of his four seasons.
In seven years at Wichita State, he built the Shockers into a power in the Missouri Valley Conference, earning the league title and an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2006. In that NCAA Tournament, Wichita State beat Seton Hall and Tennessee before losing to eventual Final Four participant George Mason.
Turgeon has developed eight former players into the NBA: Gal Mekel (formerly of the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans), Donald Sloan (formally of the Brooklyn Nets), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Alex Len (Phoenix Suns), Jake Layman (Portland Trailblazers), Diamond Stone (formally of the Los Angeles Clippers). Len was selected in the first round (fifth overall) by the Suns in the 2013 NBA Draft while Stone and Layman were both picked up in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. In addition, Dez Wells (Oklahoma City Blue) and Rasheed Sulaimon (Greensboro Swarm) played in the NBA D-League in 2016-17, while Melo Trimble started his professional career (with the Iowa Wolves) in newly named NBA “G”-League in 2017-18.
Turgeon amassed a 128-89 record at Wichita State (2000-07), posting the third-most wins in school history. The Shockers advanced to three straight NITs from 2003 to 2005 in addition to the 2006 NCAAs, the first time WSU had four straight postseason appearances in 40 years.
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, first under Larry Brown (1987-88) and then under Roy Williams (1988-92). The Jayhawks made the NCAA Tournament in four of those seasons, winning the national championship in 1988 and finishing second in 1991. KU also won Big Eight titles in 1991 and 1992 with Turgeon on staff.
He was the top assistant under Jerry Green at Oregon from 1992-97 and was an assistant coach under Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1997-98 before taking the head coaching position at Jacksonville State.
A point guard at Kansas from 1984-87, Turgeon was the first player in Jayhawks history to play in four straight NCAA Tournaments. KU went 108-33 under Brown in that stretch. Turgeon served as team captain in his junior and senior seasons, leading the Jayhawks to the 1986 NCAA Final Four.
As a student-athlete, he was selected to the Big Eight All-Academic Team in 1986 and was a Big Eight All-Freshman pick 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 titles in 1982 and 1983, earning all-tournament honors each year. A first team all-state pick as a senior, Hayden went 47-3 in his high-school career.
In the summer of 2008, Turgeon was inducted into the Topeka Sports Hall of Fame. He was also honored as the 2015 Kansan of the Year in June, 2015.
Additionally, Turgeon was selected as a court coach for the USA Basketball Pan-American Team in preparation for the Pan-Am Games in the summer of 2015. The following year, Turgeon served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball’s Under-18 Team, working with head coach Shaka Smart and assistant coach Kevin Ollie, in helping guide the squad to a gold medal. On June 13, 2016, he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Ad Hoc committee on NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection, seeding and bracketing.
Turgeon is active in the College Park community and has hosted the Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tip-Off Breakfast in conjunction with the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches for five years. Over the past four seasons, Turgeon worked with the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, Turgeon and his team worked with the Special Olympics of Maryland and hosted a basketball clinic for athletes in the organization along with inviting them to home games the past three seasons. Turgeon also participated in the Special Olympics Relay Across America carrying the Flame for Hope through the College Park campus in 2016.
Turgeon (“TURGE-in”) is married to the former Ann Fowler of Chicago, Ill, and they have two sons - William (Will) and Leo - and a daughter, Ella.