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Alan Turner Will Not Return as Irish Cross Country/Track and Field Coach

Alan Turner, the John Hatherly-Joe Piane head coach for the University of Notre Dame men's and women's cross country and track and field programs the last four years, will not return to that role in 2018-19.

Jack Swarbrick, vice president and James E. Rohr athletics director, announced today that Turner's contract, which expires June 30, will not be renewed.

Turner previously served as Notre Dame's associate head track and field coach for two years (2012-14) and has been a member of the Irish staff for eight seasons overall (2010-18). He was named head coach for the track and field and cross country teams at the University July 18, 2014.

"We appreciate all that Alan has contributed to Notre Dame track and field and cross country during his time both as head coach as well as his four earlier seasons as associate and assistant coach," said Swarbrick. "We thank him for all those efforts, and we wish him well in his future endeavors."

Turner's four seasons as Irish head coach featured these top team finishes:
--Eighth and 11th at the NCAA Championship by the 2015 and 2016 Irish women's cross country squads
--Fifth at the 2016 NCAA Championship indoors for the Notre Dame women's track and field squad following 13th at the 2015 NCAA outdoor meet
--Third at the indoor ACC Championship in 2015 and 2016 by the Irish women's track and field unit
--Fifth at both the 2015 and 2016 outdoor ACC Championships by the Notre Dame women's track and field squads
--Second (2016) and third (2015) places by the Irish women at the ACC Cross Country Championship

Among the most successful individuals during Turner's tenure as head coach included:
--Molly Seidel (four-time All-American, 2015 individual NCAA cross country champion, 2016 NCAA indoor champion in 3,000 and 5,000 meters, 2015 NCAA outdoor champion at 10,000 meters)
--Jessica Harris (three-time All-American, ACC indoor mile champion in 2017 and 2018)
--Anna Rohrer (four-time All-American, third and sixth at 2016 and 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships, 2016 ACC Female Cross Country Performer of the Year)
--Nate Richartz (2017 and 2018 ACC outdoor and 2016 ACC indoor pole vault champion)
--Margaret Bamgbose (11-time All-American in 400 meters and 4x100 relay, 2016 Summer Olympic Games participant in 400 meters for Nigeria)
--Kaila Barber (2016 ACC outdoor champion in 100 and 400 hurdles)

Turner's first three seasons included 39 combined selections (23 women, 16 men) to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Teams for track and field and six more (all women) for those in cross country. Seidel was the 2015 USTFCCCA Division I Scholar Athlete of the Year for cross country, and she won the same award for indoor track in 2016. Seidel and Harris both received CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition.

The Irish men's cross country and men's track and field teams both received NCAA Academic Progress Rate public recognition awards in each of Turner's seasons for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.

Turner originally joined the Irish program in September 2010 and was elevated to Notre Dame associate head track and field coach in October 2012 while continuing to oversee the training of all Irish sprinters and hurdlers. He took over as head coach replacing Piane, who retired in May 2014 just prior to the end of his 39th season as Irish track and field and cross country coach.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Turner spent five seasons at Southern Illinois University as coach for the men's and women's sprint and hurdle squads as well as the relay teams. He helped the Saluki women win Missouri Valley Conference outdoor crowns in 2009 and 2010.

Prior to his arrival at Southern Illinois, Turner spent two years (2004-05) at Proviso East High School (Maywood, Illinois) as an assistant coach in the sprints and horizontal jumps.

A 1992 graduate of Indiana University, the North Chicago, Illinois, product was a three-time All-American for the Hoosiers. He won five Big Ten titles (two long jump, two 400 meters and one 4x400 relay) and was a three-time team captain while leading Indiana to five consecutive Big Ten Conference team crowns.

In 1991 he captured the NCAA indoor long jump title and was runner-up at the NCAA outdoor championships that year. He was a member of five U.S. National teams and won the gold medal at the 1991 World University Games in the long jump.

Turner will coach Notre Dame qualifiers for the NCAA East Regional this weekend in Tampa, Florida, and any student-athletes who advance to the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 6-9 in Eugene, Oregon. 

 

 

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