Curtis Turley promoted to assistant coach with Lady Toppers

New WKU women's basketball assistant Curtis Turley

New WKU women's basketball assistant Curtis Turley

Curtis Turley has been named the final assistant on the Western Kentucky women’s basketball staff, the school confirmed today.

Turley served as the Lady Toppers’ director of operations last season under coach Mary Taylor Cowles.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to return to the court in a coaching capacity,” Turley said in a statement. “That is my passion and what I’ve spent my life doing. Basketball is all about fundamentals, and I enjoy teaching that aspect of the game. My greatest satisfaction comes from working with players, watching them improve and seeing them become successful. 

“I look forward to working with Coach Heard and the rest of our staff as we strive to return Lady Topper basketball back to one of the elite programs in the nation.”

Turley and new head coach Michelle Clark-Heard will meet with the media later today to discuss the hire.

Heard previously announced that Turley would be retained in his director of ops position, but said last week that there could be some shaking up between that job and the third assistant spot.

Heard has already hired Margaret Richards and Greg Collins, formerly assistants at Weber State and Arkansas, respectively.

“I am very excited to complete my coaching staff with a quality coach and individual like Coach Turley,” Heard said in a statement.  “From the first day I met him I could see how passionate he was about WKU. His knowledge of the game along with his energy and dedication makes him a perfect fit for what we are doing here on the Hill.”

Turley won more than 600 games over 32 seasons as a high school boys’ basketball coach in Kentucky, including tenures at Warren Central, Warren East and Greenwood high schools.

He led Warren Central to its first-ever Sweet Sixteen appearances in 1982 and 1983, and guided Henderson County to a region championship in 1990.

Turley has also had high school coaching stints at Berea, Lyon County, Graves County, Shelby County, Daviess County, Lexington Catholic, DuPont Manual and Martha Layne Collins.

Turley graduated from WKU in 1976 and played junior varsity basketball during his time at the school. He served as a student assistant on the Lady Topper staff during the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons.

Turley has a 624-321 record in 32 seasons at the high school level. That win total ranks him 11th on the state’s all-time list.

WKU hasn’t yet announced who will replace Turley as the Lady Toppers’ director of operations. 

The Turley File:

Born — January 31, 1954

High School — Crittenden County (Ky.) HS, 1972

HS Athletics — Basketball, Football, Baseball, Track/Cross Country

College — WKU (BS), 1976; WKU (MA), 1980

Coaching Experience —

 Berea High School, head boy’s basketball coach (1976-78)

 Lyon County High School, head boy’s basketball coach (1978-80)

 Warren Central High School, head boy’s basketball coach (1980-85)

 Graves County High School, head boy’s basketball coach (1985-87)

 Henderson County High School, head boy’s basketball coach (1987-95)

 Greenwood High School, head boy’s basketball coach (1995-97)

 Shelby County High School, head boy’s basketball coach (1997-99)

 Daviess County High School, head boy’s basketball coach (1999-2004)

 Lexington Catholic High School, head boy’s basketball coach (2004-05)

 Louisville Manual High School, head boy’s basketball coach (2006-07)

 Warren East High School, head boy’s basketball coach (2008-09)

 Martha Layne Collins High School, head boy’s basketball coach (2010-11)

Western Kentucky University, director of operations (2011-12)

 Western Kentucky University, assistant coach (2012-13 – present)

Family — Wife, Brenda; daughter, Courtney; son, Tanner; daughter in law, Marsha; Granddaughters, Parker and Kesed

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