Maryland extends Turgeon through 2022-23 season

October 27, 2016 | WNST Staff


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland announced Thursday a four-year contract extension for men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon through the 2022-23 season.

Turgeon is entering his sixth season with Maryland after leading the Terrapins to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament and their first berth in the Sweet 16 since 2003. In his first five seasons at Maryland, Turgeon has compiled a 114-59 (.659) record – the most wins for a head coach in his first five years in program history. During the 2014-15 season, Turgeon was named Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Terps to a school-record 26 regular-season wins and the Terps notched 28 overall victories en route to advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

“Mark has built a program that we are incredibly proud of as he continues to lead the great tradition that is Maryland Basketball,” Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson said. “I am proud of the academic and athletic success that the men’s basketball team has achieved under Mark’s leadership the past five years. He is committed to developing our student-athletes into well-rounded graduates and leaders of their communities. During his successful tenure in College Park, Mark has worked tirelessly to establish a nationally-recognized program that will annually compete for championships. Mark’s character and integrity resonates strongly with our former players, alumni and fans, and we are very excited about the future of Maryland Basketball.”

Turgeon’s past two campaigns have added up to the second-most wins in school history over a two-year span (55). He has had the Terrapins ranked in the Associated Press top-25 for 35 consecutive weeks, including 20 weeks in the top-10. 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 10 student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility at Maryland.

“My family and I love the University of Maryland, the basketball program, the campus community and the local community and I am extremely grateful to be the coach of this outstanding program,” said Turgeon, who became the first coach in program history to lead Maryland to consecutive seasons with 27 or more wins. “I want to thank President Loh and Kevin Anderson for their continued commitment and support of our program. I am in this position because of the talented coaches and student-athletes that I have had the opportunity to work with over the past five years. Their commitment to our program is why Maryland Basketball continues to have an exciting and bright future.”

Under Turgeon, Maryland has also thrived in its first two seasons as members of the Big Ten Conference, earning a pair of top-3 finishes and compiling a 26-10 (.722) conference record. Turgeon’s teams boast a 17-1 home record in conference play, including a perfect 9-0 mark in its inaugural season. Overall, Turgeon’s teams boast a 77-13 record in his five seasons at XFINITY Center.

Maryland featured five All-Big Ten performers in 2015-16, including guard Melo Trimble (Second Team) who was also named to the Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America Team, center Diamond Stone (Third Team), forwards Jake Layman (Honorable Mention) and Robert Carter, Jr. (Honorable Mention) and guard Rasheed Sulaimon (Honorable Mention). Stone (LA Clippers) and Layman (Portland Trailblazers) were selected in the 2016 NBA Draft. Additionally, Turgeon also coached current NBA players Alex Len, DeAndre Jordan and Khris Middleton.

Since arriving in College Park, Turgeon has signed five consecutive nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including a top-10 class in 2016.

In 18 seasons as a Division I head coach, Turgeon has amassed an overall record of 364-218 (.625), while leading three different programs to NCAA Tournament appearances.

Mark Turgeon By The Numbers:

2 – Consecutive 27-win seasons – first time in Maryland history

5 – Former players currently on NBA rosters

10 – Players who earned their degree after exhausting their eligibility at Maryland

14 – Consecutive winning seasons dating back to 2002-03

26 – Number of victories in Big Ten play in first two seasons

77 – Victories at home in five seasons (77-13), including a 34-2 mark over the last two seasons

94% – Win percentage at home in Big Ten play (17-1)

114 – Most wins by a Maryland coach in first five seasons

364 – Career wins in 18 seasons

2014-15 – Big Ten Coach of the Year