KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 3/18/2009 - The National Association of Basketball Coaches and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has named Union head coach Ralph Turner the 2009 NABC-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Turner was recognized at the 72nd Annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Tip-Off Banquet on Tuesday, March 17, in Kansas City, Mo.
Turner notched his 350th career win on January 29, 2009, versus Bethel (Tenn.) College, 97-68. He led the Union University Bulldogs to the TranSouth Athletic Conference tournament championship. In post season play Union recorded wins over Lyon (Ark.), Martin Methodist (Tenn.) and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.).
Union (28-5) is the No. 3 seed in the 2009 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship and will face University of Science and Arts (Okla.) on Thursday, March 19, at 12:30 p.m. (CT) at Municipal Auditorium.
The 2009 campaign marks Turner’s 15th year as the head coach of the Bulldogs. Coach Turner has led the Bulldogs to 10 NAIA National Tournament appearances.
Turner will be formally recognized at the 2009 NABC Convention in April in Detroit, Mich. To learn more about the NABC visit www.nabc.com.
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