Mark Turgeon wins 300th game, looks back on career

Mark Turgeon wins 300th game, looks back on career
December 30, 2013, 12:15 pm
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COLLEGE PARK--When Mark Turgeon was the head coach at Wichita State, the basketball office was small. So small, in fact, that the hallway leading out was essentially a one-way path. There wasn’t enough room for two people to walk by each other in opposite directions.

It was mid-major basketball. You had to learn to take turns.

So Sunday gave Turgeon a chance to reminisce about his coaching journey as he looked up at the video board that hung above the court at Comcast Center, a video playing to commemorate his 300th win that came that night against Tulsa.

Included in the video were well wishes from former colleagues and players including Colorado coach Tad Boyle, NBA swingman Khris Middleton, and former Maryland center Alex Len.

“It was cool to see,” Turgeon said after the game. “Coach Boyle is one of my best friends in the whole world, so just to see him up there makes me smile. He was a big part of a lot of those wins.”

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Turgeon not only notched his 300th career win, but his 50th with Maryland. It came on a night when he was facing a Kansas teammate from his playing days, Danny Manning.

Before Maryland, Turgeon won 97 games at Texas A&M, 128 at Wichita State, and 25 at Jacksonville State.

“I’ll be honest with you guys. When I was 33 and took the Jacksonville State job, I thought I was going to be 300-0,” Turgeon said. “I was so cocky. This game humbles you pretty quick.

“It took a lot longer than I thought it was going to take me to get here, but I’m hoping the next 300 come a lot faster.”

Maryland will go for win No. 301 of his career on Tuesday night against North Carolina Central.