|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
|Year:||Lipscomb (Tenn.), '79|
|Position:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
Ralph Turner, a former NAIA National Coach of the Year, is entering his second season as CSU-Pueblo's head men's basketball coach.
Turner came to CSU-Pueblo after serving as the longtime coach at Union (Tenn.) University from 1994 to 2009, a program he helped turn into an NAIA powerhouse. At Union, he led the Bulldogs to 10 NAIA National Tournaments over 15 seasons, included three NAIA "Elite Eight" appearances and six "Sweet 16" appearances.
In all, Turner boasted a 362-151 record at Union (.706 winning percentage), leading Union to six TranSouth Regular Season and Tournament Championships (1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009).
During the 2009 championship season, when Union advanced to the NAIA "Sweet 16", he was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year.
Turner's impressive resume pre-dates his stellar run at Union, as he was a longtime assistant as well, helping his Alma Mater, Lipscomb (Tenn.) College, win the 1986 NAIA National Championship under coaching legend, Don Meyer. In all, Turner was an assistant at Lipscomb for nine years before accepting the position at Union in 1994.
In his career, he has coached college basketball’s all-time leading scorer, all-time assists leader, all-time steals leader, and all-time leading shot blocker. He has coached 26 NAIA All-Americans in his career and has had 13 players to take their talents to the professional level.
Turner currently resides in Pueblo.