Tuesday , Apr , 10 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Turgeon takes over at A&M

College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Texas A&M has named Mark Turgeon its
new men’s basketball coach.

The Aggies were in need of a replacement for Billy Gillispie, who left last
week to take the vacancy at Kentucky.

“I’m thrilled to have Mark and his wonderful family join us in Aggieland,”
director of athletics Bill Byrne said. “He’s one of America’s brightest young
coaches, with a great heritage of basketball history. I know the Aggie Family
will come to appreciate Mark the same way I do. He is a winner on and off the

The 42-year-old Turgeon spent the past seven seasons at Wichita State, guiding
the program to a record of 128-89. The Shockers, after lofty expectations
following a run to the Sweet 16 of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, were just 17-14
this past season. They were ranked as high as eighth in the nation in
December, but failed to earn a postseason bid thanks to a five-game losing
streak to end the season.

Wichita State improved its win total each year under Turgeon until this past
season, and had four postseason appearances during the coach’s tenure. The
Shockers reached the NIT in three successive seasons before the 2006 NCAA
Tournament run, which ended with a regional semifinal loss to eventual Final
Four participant George Mason.

Turgeon also spent two seasons as head coach at Jacksonville State, posting a
record of 25-29, before taking over at Wichita State. He played four seasons
at Kansas and began his coaching career as an assistant for the Jayhawks’ 1988
national championship squad.

Texas A&M began a resurgence under Gillispie, who led the Aggies to a 70-26
record in three seasons. This past season, A&M reached the Sweet 16 of the
NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1980 and finished with a record of

The Aggies were set to reward Gillispie with a new contract, a package worth
$1.75 million through 2015, but he apparently never signed the deal and took a
more lucrative offer from Kentucky.