Jim Turgeon enters his third season with the Pioneers in 2019-20 after being named the 10th head coach of the women’s basketball program at the University of Denver on March 28, 2017.
Turgeon led the Pioneers to a 18-14 record in his second season at the helm including a record of 10-6 in the Summit League in 2018-19. He produced three all-league players in Madison Nelson, Lauren Loven and Samantha Romanowski while setting numerous school records. He also guided the Pioneers to their first Divisoin I postseason victory in school history, knocking off New Mexico 83-75 at The Pit in Albuquerque in the first round of the WNIT.
The Pios averaged a league best 80.3 points per game which also ranked 11th in the NCAA. DU also ranked inside the top 20 in 3 point field goal perentage (third), 3s per game (12th), total 3s made (17th), total blocks (19th) and blocks per game (20th).
In his debut season in 2017-18, Jim Turgeon led the Pioneers to a 16-14 record, including a record of 7-7 in the Summit League. The Pioneers earned their first winning season since 2012. On the road the team went 8-5 and 7-6 at home.
Under Turgeon, Denver averaged 70.6 points per game and averaged 8.5 3s made per game. The squad also averaged 40.9 rebounds per game and helped set an NCAA record for made 3s per game (36) with Western Illinois on Jan. 24.
The Crimson and Gold led the Summit in rebounds per game and finished 46th in the NCAA. The team also finished second in rebounds (1,226), third in rebound margin (3.7), turnovers forced (15.9), and steals per game (7.5). Denver's 8.5 3s per game finished 27th in the nation.
DU's Claire Gritt was named the Summit League Freshman of the Year, All-Newcomer Team and Honorable Mention. Meanwhile, Jordyn Alt was also named Summit League Honorable Mention.
Turgeon has compiled a career record of 369-172 for a winning percentage of .682 in his 17 years as a head coach, reaching 20+ wins in 13 of those seasons.
Turgeon comes to the Pioneers from Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he spent the last two seasons amassing an impressive 54-10 record for an .843 winning percentage - the highest by any coach in school history. Under his leadership, the Thunderwolves qualified for the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight season in 2016-17.
Turgeon's squad set a program record with 28 wins in 2016-17, including a record-breaking 24 consecutive wins to start the season, earning Turgeon accolades as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Coach of the Year.
With Turgeon at the helm, the Thunderwolves won their first outright regular-season RMAC Championship since the 1987-88 season as well as their first ever Division II regular-season title this past year. To go along with his RMAC Coach of the Year honor, Turgeon was also a finalist for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Coach of the Year award.
Turgeon guided his team to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2015-16, setting a then-school record for the highest seed in school history only to be broken this past season when the Thunderwolves earned a No. 1 seed in the tournament.
During his time at CSU-Pueblo, Turgeon molded many players who earned all-conference accolades including a player of the year, a tournament MVP, a defensive player of the year, a freshman of the year honoree, as well as five first-team and one second-team all-conference athletes as well as one honorable mention conference athlete. Additionally, Turgeon's team claimed 13 RMAC Player of the Week honors, including six by one athlete alone in the 2016-17 season, more than any team in the conference had throughout the year.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to be the head women's basketball coach at the University of Denver," said Turgeon. "I'm honored by the confidence that Peg Bradley-Doppes has in me to lead this program. I was blown away the athletic administration's vision for not only the women's basketball program but the entire University of Denver Division of Athletics."
Prior to his time at CSU-Pueblo, Turgeon spent eight seasons as the head coach at Iowa Western Community College where he claimed the title of all-time wins leader, collecting a record of 191-65. While at Iowa Western, Turgeon led the Reivers to three Region VI titles, one District K championship as well as one appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament. Turgeon's squad was ranked in the top 25 in five out of the eight seasons he coached, breaking into the top five in three of those seasons.
Along with his successful record at Iowa Western, Turgeon led his team to the longest winning streak at 20 games as well as the longest home winning streak at 34 games in program history. In his last five years at the helm of the program, Turgeon compiled a home record of 80-8 (.909).
Iowa Western broke many records with Turgeon as head coach, including 28 individual and team records.
Before his time with Iowa Western, Turgeon was the head coach at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan.
Denver's new head coach graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., where he studied physical education with an emphasis in sports facilities management.