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Mark Turgeon steps down as coach at Maryland

Field Level Media
04 Dec 2021, 04:55 GMT+10

Mark Turgeon is stepping down as head coach at Maryland, effective immediately, the university announced Friday.

Assistant coach Danny Manning will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season, beginning with the Terrapins' home game against Northwestern on Sunday.

Maryland is off to a 5-3 start to the season.

"After a series of conversations with Coach Turgeon, we agreed that a coaching change was the best move," Terrapins athletic director Damon Evans said. "He has dedicated over a decade of his life to the University of Maryland, and has coached with distinction and honor."

Turgeon owns a 226-116 record during 10-plus seasons at the helm of the Terrapins. He guided Maryland to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015-17, 2019 and 2021, as well as a Big Ten title in 2020.

"After several in depth conversations with Damon, I have decided that the best thing for Maryland Basketball, myself and my family is to step down, effective immediately, as the head coach of Maryland Basketball," Turgeon, 56, said. "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. 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."

Turgeon has a 476-275 record in 751 career games as coach at Jacksonville State (1998-2000), Wichita State (2000-07), Texas AM (2007-11) and Maryland.

Manning was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. He was a two-time consensus All-American and three-time Big 8 Player of the Year for Kansas, which included being named the 1988 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player when the Jayhawks won the national championship.

He was the No. 1 player taken in the 1988 NBA draft and was a two-time All-Star in 15 seasons.

Manning, 55, has eight seasons of coaching experience with Tulsa (2012-14) and Wake Forest (2014-20). He has a 116-140 career record.

--Field Level Media

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