Colorado State University-Pueblo Director of Athletics Joe Folda announced the hiring of Jim Turgeon as the ninth head women’s basketball coach in program history.
“Coach Turgeon has the experience, passion and the know how to get our program to the next level,” commented Folda. “He is a great recruiter, teacher, motivator and I am sure that he will do a great job with the program.”
“I’m really excited to make the move to CSU-Pueblo,” stated Turgeon. “I think it’s a great opportunity for me and my family and I look forward to trying to win a RMAC championship.”
Turgeon comes to CSU-Pueblo after spending the last eight seasons at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. During his tenure with the Reivers, Turgeon became the all-time leader in wins with a 191-65 (.746 winning percentage) record, including a 130-32 (.802) mark in the last five seasons.
Turgeon guided the Reivers to three Region VI titles (2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15), one District K championship (2014-15) and one appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament (2014-15). Iowa Western climbed into the top 25 rankings in five out of eight seasons under Turgeon, including three seasons in which they cracked the top five.
While at Iowa Western, Turgeon’s squads played exceptionally well on their home court. The Reivers went 80-8 (.909) in the last five seasons and 117-18 overall during Turgeon’s eight seasons at the helm of the program.
Under Turgeon’s leadership, Iowa Western strung together the longest overall winning streak (20) and home winning streak (34) in program history. Turgeon coached five National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Americans and 22 all-region players. The Reivers broke 28 individual and team records with Turgeon as the head coach.
In addition to their success on the court, Turgeon’s teams excelled in the classroom as seven players were named NJCAA Academic All-Americans and 49 were tabbed academic all-region.
Prior to his eight seasons at Iowa Western, Turgeon spent seven seasons at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas. Under Turgeon’s guidance, the Conquistadors posted a 124-97 (.561 winning percentage) record.
Turgeon inherits a ThunderWolves’ program which advanced to the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament in each of the last two seasons. The Pack return four starters from last season’s squad, which finished the year with an 18-13 record.CSU-Pueblo Head Coach Turgeon