Turgeon Introduced As A&M Coach

Tuesday, April 10th 2007, 3:56 pm
By: News On 6

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Mark Turgeon was introduced as Texas A&M's basketball coach Tuesday, five days after Billy Gillispie left for Kentucky.

Turgeon comes to Texas A&M from Wichita State, where he led the Shockers to a 17-14 record in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2007.

In three seasons, Gillispie took the Aggies from an 0-16 Big 12 record to its first trip to the NCAA tournament round of 16 since 1980. Texas A&M finished with a school-record 27 wins and was ranked in the top 10 for most of the season.

Turgeon was 128-90 in seven seasons at Wichita State. He led the Shockers to three consecutive 20-plus win seasons from 2004-2006, culminating with a trip to the round of 16 in the 2006 NCAA tournament.

His first head coaching job came at Jacksonville State, where he led the team to a 25-29 record from 1998-2000. Turgeon also served as an assistant coach at Kansas under Larry Brown and Roy Williams, and was an assistant at Oregon and with the Philadelphia 76ers.