Coach Mark Turgeon 

2020 Community Champion

at the Johnny Holiday Scholarship Classic

The Youth Leadership Foundation is thrilled to announce Coach Mark Turgeon as our Community Champion for the 2020 Johnny Holliday Golf Classic!

 

In addition to his success on the court, Coach Turgeon is a leader off the court in the local and national community, supporting the Special Olympic and several organizations fighting cancer.

 

This year, Mark joins a distinguished list of past recipients of the YLF Community Champion Award, including Brooks Robinson, Ryan Zimmerman, Kevin Plank, the Lerner Family, and Gary Williams.

This year's golf event will take place on October 5, 2020. Show your support:  attending, sponsor a sign of congratulations, or donate a "Sweet $16 for Turge"!  (Click for Details).

Mark Turgeon is fresh off his ninth season at the helm of the University of Maryland men’s basketball team, most recently leading the Terrapins to the 2020 Big Ten Championship. Turgeon has recorded winning seasons in all nine years and four NCAA Tournaments appearances in the last five applicable seasons, while being named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2015.

 

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 five seasons. Turgeon also participated in the Special Olympics Relay Across America carrying the Flame for Hope through the College Park campus in 2016.

 

In an unfortunate set of circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Turgeon’s Big Ten Championship-winning Terrapins were unable to compete in the postseason. Having claimed just the program’s seventh regular season title in its history, Maryland was 24-7 and a lock for at least a top-4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Turgeon has led three different programs to 13 applicable 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.

 

Under Turgeon, Maryland has thrived in its six seasons as members of the Big Ten Conference, earning five top-5 finishes and compiling a 72-39 (.658) conference record while claiming the 2020 Big Ten Title. Turgeon’s teams boast a 44-10 (.815) home record in conference play. He was named the 2015 Big Ten Coach of the Year.

 

Turgeon is the only coach in program history to record at least three 24-plus regular season-win seasons, having achieved the feat four times. Since arriving in College Park, Turgeon has signed seven consecutive nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including a top-10 class in 2016.

 

Turgeon has coached and developed nine future NBA players: Gal Mekel, Donald Sloan, Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), DeAndre Jordan (Brooklyn Nets), Alex Len (Sacramento Kings), Jake Layman (Minnesota Timberwolves), Diamond Stone, Kevin Huerter (Atlanta Hawks) and Bruno Fernando (Atlanta Hawks). Len was selected in the first round (fifth overall) by the Suns in the 2013 NBA Draft and Huerter was selected 19th overall in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks in 2018. In addition, multiple former players are playing in the NBA’s G-League and overseas.

 

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.

 
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. Will currently plays basketball at nearby Catholic University.

Show your love for Coach Turgeon while supporting quality mentoring for underserved youth.

 
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