PUEBLO, Colo. (March 27, 2017) – Jim Turgeon has stepped down as the Head Coach of Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball after two historic seasons. Turgeon accepted the same position at the University of Denver effective immediately.
"I want to thank Athletic Director Joe Folda and the administration for the opportunity that was given me here at CSU-Pueblo," Turgeon said. "I had the good fortune to inherit some really talented players with great character. I feel good about what we have accomplished in our time here and even feel better about what we are leaving behind. I'm confident next year's team will have another record breaking year. Although my time was short here the memories we created together will last a lifetime."
During Turgeon's two-year tenure as the Head Coach of the Pack, CSU-Pueblo went 54-10. Turgeon's teams set a program wins record in each of his two seasons with the ThunderWolves. During his debut campaign with CSU-Pueblo, the Pack went 26-6 and won their fifth Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.
This past season, Turgeon bested those 26 wins with a 28-4 record. He led the ThunderWolves to their first RMAC Regular Season Championship since 1987-88 with a program record 20 conference wins. Turgeon was named RMAC Coach of the Year this season. In addition to his RMAC Coach of the Year Award, Turgeon was named South Central Region Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
The Pack started the 2016-17 season with a school record 24 consecutive wins. Turgeon's .844 winning percentage is the best by a head coach in program history.
Turgeon coached five student-athletes to First Team All-RMAC honors with Tuileisu Anderson (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) and Molly Rohrer (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) earning this accolade in each of the last two years. Rohrer received RMAC Player of the Year and First Team All-Region honors in 2016-17. She earned RMAC Freshman of the Year honors in her first season with Turgeon.
Katie Cunningham (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) followed Turgeon from Iowa Western Community College. Cunningham was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-RMAC this season. She was also named All-RMAC Tournament Team and All-NCAA South Central Region Tournament Team in her lone season with Turgeon's ThunderWolves.
Turgeon also coached Dee Arrieta to Second Team All-RMAC honors in his first season with the Pack. Arrieta was also named RMAC Tournament MVP in 2015-16 before joining Turgeon's coaching staff in 2016-17.
Turgeon becomes the second consecutive CSU-Pueblo Women's Basketball coach to move to the D-I level. His predecessor, Kip Drown, left the Pack to become the head coach at Georgia Southern University.
Assistant coach Terra Moyers will leave CSU-Pueblo to join Turgeon in Denver. A national search for the Pack's 10th head coach in program history will begin immediately.
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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.