PUEBLO, Colo. (March 22, 2017) – The Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Tuesday that Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball Head Coach Jim Turgeon was a finalist for the D-II National Coach of the Year Award presented by the United States Marine Corps.
Turgeon was honored as one of just eight coaches tabbed as a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award. Robyn Fralick of Ashland University was selected as the WBCA NCAA D-II National Coach of the Year Tuesday.
Turgeon led the Pack to a 28-4 record and a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The 28 wins set a new program record and gave the ThunderWolves the right to host their first NCAA Regional in program history.
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference recognized Turgeon as its Coach of the Year, making Turgeon the first CSU-Pueblo coach to receive this honor. He led the ThunderWolves to their first outright Regular Season RMAC Championship since 1987-88 and first D-II regular season title.
Turgeon's ThunderWolves also set a school record with 24 consecutive wins to start the season. Their 20 conference wins also marked a new best in program history.
With Turgeon's guidance Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) was named RMAC Player of the Year. Katie Cunningham, who transferred to CSU-Pueblo to join Turgeon who coached her at Iowa Western Community College, was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Year. Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) was also selected to the All-RMAC Tournament and All-NCAA South Central Regional Tournament Team.
Turgeon also coached Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) to First All-RMAC honors for the second consecutive season. Jaszymn Johnson (Sr., Denver, Colo.) was named Honorable Mention All-RMAC. Turgeon added Johnson to the team as a walk on during his first season at the helm of the Pack.
Over his first two seasons at CSU-Pueblo, Turgeon has posted a 54-10 record. His .843 winning percentage is the highest by a coach in program history.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.