April 10, 2007

Turgeon named A&M head coach

Texas A&M officially announced that Mark Turgeon will become the 21st head coach of the men's basketball team. Turgeon comes from Wichita State where he coached for seven years and owned a 128-90 record.

Turgeon was in town Monday as said that he agreed to the offer and signed an offer sheet Monday night around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at a 3 p.m. press conference Turgeon met with the press before speaking to fans and students at Reed Arena. Roughly 3,000 fans attended.

The entire A&M basketball team was in attendance as well.

Turgeon has a history of turning programs around as he took over a Wichita State program that was buried in sub-.500 seasons. After going 9-19 in his first season Turgeon never had another losing season in Wichita. He took to the Shockers to three straight NIT tournament and the NCAA tournament in 2006 where Wichita State reached the Sweet 16.

Before Wichita State Turgeon coached two seasons at Jacksonville State. He went 8-18 in his first season and 17-11 in his second before heading to Wichita.

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