KT Turner

KT Turner (born August 23, 1978)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: UT Arlington Mavericks
Current conference: Western Athletic Conference (WAC)
Texas-Arlington record: 20-14 (.588)
Overall record: 20-14 (.588)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-present UT Arlington
2022-2023 Kentucky (asst)
2021-2022 Oklahoma (assoc. HC)
2020-2021 Texas (assoc. HC)
2016-2020 SMU (assoc. HC)
2013-2016 SMU (asst)
2012-2013 Wichita State (asst)
2011-2012 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (asst)
2009-2011 Hutchinson CC (asst)
2008-2009 Cowley College (asst)
2007-2008 Northern Arizona (asst)
2006-2007 Redlands CC (asst)
2005-2006 Panola CC (asst)

KT Turner Facts

  • KT Turner
  • Born August 23, 1978
  • Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: Oklahoma City University (BA, 2003)
  • Started his career at Hutchinson CC (KS), where he played two seasons (1997-99) for head coach Tim Jankovich
    • He then played one season (2000-01) for Eddie McCarter at UT Arlington before transferring to NAIA Oklahoma City, where he helped the Stars win a Sooner Athletic Conference title in 2002
  • Began coaching at the JUCO level, with stints as an assistant at Panola (TX), Redlands (OK), Cowley (KS) and back at Hutchinson (KS), as well as one season on Mike Adras’ staff at Northern Arizona
  • Got his first D-I job in 2011, spending the season at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi working as one of Willis Wilson‘s assistants
  • Next up was a one-year stint on Gregg Marshall‘s staff at Wichita State, where he was a part of the Shockers’ magical run to the 2013 NCAA Final Four
  • Turner spent seven seasons at SMU, as an assistant under Larry Brown (2013-16) and as associate HC to his former coach, Tim Jankovich (2016-20)
    • Part of two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance, a runner-up finish in 2014
  • Spent one year each working as associate head coach at Texas (under Shaka Smart) and Oklahoma (under Porter Moser) before joining John Calipari‘s staff at Kentucky as an assistant coach in 2022
  • In March 2023, Turner was hired to be the new head coach at UT Arlington, where he played more than 20 years prior

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