By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Russell Turner has signed a new contract with UC Irvine.
The men’s basketball coach has signed a contract extension for 4-years, which will take him through the 2017-18 season.
This extension comes on the heels of a 21-win season last season. The team was 21-16 overall and made an appearance in the Big West Championship game.
The former Golden State Warriors assistant coach guided UC Irvine saw his team win the opening-round game of the CollegeInsider.com tournament.
It was the school’s first postseason berth in 27 years.
With the success of last season, UC Irvine has already been picked to win the Big West Conference in this season’s preseason poll. The anteaters were 11-7 in conference play last season.
In three seasons at the school, he is 45-54 overall and he has a 23-27 conference mark in those three years. It is also his coaching record overall, as this is his first head coaching experience.
Besides the 21-16 record last year, he went 13-19 in his first season and 12-20 in his second year. But in his first two years, he had back-to-back 6-10 conference records.
Before returning to the college ranks with UC Irvine, he previously spent six years with the Warriors from 2004 through 2010. He also sent four seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford and he spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Wake Forest.
He also spent a season as an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney College in 1993-1994.