Carson-Newman coach Mike Turner retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Carson-Newman head football coach Mike Turner has announced his retirement. He had been the school’s head coach the last three seasons.
He had been at the school for 38 years. According to the school, he spent two seasons as a player, before spending 33 seasons as an assistant coach or coordinator.
When he was hired at the school before the 2017 season, he was the 18th head coach in program history. During his entire tenure, the team went 346-95.
He also went 24-10 as the Eagles head coach. He had the third-best winning percentage at the school with a .710 mark.

“This has been much more than a job and much more than a career,” Turner said. “It has been a ministry as a coaching staff. It’s brought many great blessings to me as a man, and it’s been a great blessing to me and my family to be a part of this. Every morning, I would go out onto the balcony overlooking the field and pray that those kids would be better every day as a player, as a man and better in their relationship with the Lord.  I’ve come to peace with that and see that’s it’s time to go to the next step in my life. I trust in the Lord that he’s got a great adventure for me left in my life.”

A national search has begun to find his replacement. The school did not mention if they will use a search firm.

Turner departs following a 9-3 record during the 2019 season. The team went 7-4 in 2018 and had an 8-3 mark in his first season in 2017.
“This news is very tough to hear, but today is also a great time in our history to recognize and celebrate a head coach and his family that have done such a wonderful job for our student-athletes and meant so much to Carson-Newman University,” Carson-Newman Vice President for Athletics Matt Pope said.  “While Mike has a tremendous command of the veer, what is most important is that Mike shares his Christian witness as a leader of men. The hallmark of great coaching is to leave a program better than you found it.  Mike Turner has certainly done that spiritually, academically and athletically. Carson-Newman University and specifically, our football program, is deeply grateful for all that Mike has done.”

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