Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Terps coach Mark Turgeon steps down after 10-plus seasons

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Maryland Terrapins Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mark Turgeon has stepped down. He led the program for more than 10 seasons. 

Assistant coach Danny Manning has been named interim head coach. He will finish out the season in the role. 

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Manning, who previously led the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Wake Forest Demon Deacons, will lead the Terps for the first time on December 5th against the Northwestern Wildcats. A national search will begin after the season. 

“After a series of conversations with Coach Turgeon, we agreed that a coaching change was the best move for Coach Turgeon and for the Maryland Men’s Basketball program,” Director of Athletics Damon Evans said in a statement. “He has dedicated over a decade of his life to the University of Maryland, and has coached with distinction and honor. He leaves College Park as the 2020 Big Ten Conference champion and with more than 225 victories. He’s a great coach and a great person, and I wish Mark, his wife Ann and his entire family all the best in the next chapter of their lives.”

Turgeon was 226-116 at Maryland. The Terrapins were 5-3 this season. 

The program is on a two-game losing streak. 

He had led the program since the 2011-12 season. 

“I have always preached that Maryland Basketball is bigger than any one individual. My departure will enable a new voice to guide the team moving forward.
 
“Maryland Basketball has been my passion and focus for the last 10 seasons, and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished,” Turgeon said. “It is through the combined effort and commitment from our coaches and players, both past and present, that we have sustained consistent success in a sport that is ultra-competitive. I am extremely grateful to have worked with each and every one of you.
 
“It has truly been an honor to be the men’s basketball coach at the University of Maryland.”

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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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