Mark Turgeon Mutually Parts Ways With Maryland as Head Coach After 10 Seasons

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVDecember 3, 2021

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon gestures during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against George Washington, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 71-64. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
AP Photo/Nick Wass

The University of Maryland and head men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced Friday that they have mutually agreed to part ways.

Maryland athletic director Damon Evans released the following statement regarding the decision:

"After a series of conversations with Coach Turgeon, we agreed that a coaching change was the best move for Coach Turgeon and for the Maryland Men's Basketball program. He has dedicated over a decade of his life to the University of Maryland, and has coached with distinction and honor. ... He's a great coach and a great person, and I wish Mark, his wife Ann and his entire family all the best in the next chapter of their lives."

Turgeon also commented on the move, saying:

"After several in-depth conversations with Damon, I have decided that the best thing for Maryland Basketball, myself and my family is to step down, effective immediately, as the head coach of Maryland Basketball. I have always preached that Maryland Basketball is bigger than any one individual. My departure will enable a new voice to guide the team moving forward.

"Maryland Basketball has been my passion and focus for the last 10 seasons, and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished. It is through the combined effort and commitment from our coaches and players, both past and present, that we have sustained consistent success in a sport that is ultra-competitive. I am extremely grateful to have worked with each and every one of you. It has truly been an honor to be the men's basketball coach at the University of Maryland."

Turgeon was in the midst of his 11th season with the Terrapins prior to departing. Maryland is 5-3 so far this season, and Turgeon leaves College Park with an overall record of 226-116 with the program.

The 56-year-old Turgeon arrived at Maryland in 2011 after previous head coaching stints at Jacksonville State, Wichita State and Texas A&M.

Maryland missed the NCAA tournament in each of his first three seasons, which were also the Terps' final three seasons in the ACC. Their fortunes started to turn the next season when they made the move to Big Ten.

Over the next seven seasons, the NCAA tournament was held six times, and Maryland reached the tourney on five occasions.

Maryland's best chance to go on a deep run may have been during the 2019-20 season when it went 24-7 and won the Big Ten regular-season title. The NCAA tournament was canceled, however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Terrapins reached the second round of the NCAA tournament three times under Turgeon and went all the way to the Sweet 16 in 2016.

Maryland never had a losing record under Turgeon and won at least 20 games in a season on six occasions.

In 24 seasons overall as a collegiate head coach, Turgeon is 476-275 and led his teams to the NCAA tournament 10 times.

With Turgeon now out of the picture, Evans announced that Danny Manning will serve as the Terrapins' interim head coach for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

Manning is best known for starring collegiately at Kansas before being the No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NBA draft. Since retiring from playing in 2003, Manning has coached at multiple colleges.

He spent two seasons as the head coach at Tulsa and was then Wake Forest's head coach for six seasons from 2014-20. His overall record as a head coach is 116-140, and he has taken teams to the NCAA tourney twice.