Maryland Athletics, Mark Turgeon Mutually Agree to Break Up; Danny Manning appointed interim head coach

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — In a mutual decision, Maryland Athletics announced that: Mark Turgeon retires as head coach of the men’s basketball program.

“After a series of conversations with Coach Turgeon, we agreed that a change of coach was the best move for Coach Turgeon and for the Maryland Men’s Basketball program,” said Damon Evans, Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics. He has devoted more than a decade of his life to the University of Maryland and has coached with distinction and honor. He leaves College Park as the 2020 Big Ten Conference champion and with over 225 wins. He is a great coach and a wonderful person, and I wish Mark, his wife Ann and all his family all the best in the next chapter of their lives.”

“After several in-depth discussions with Damon, I have decided it is best for Maryland Basketball, myself and my family to step down as head coach of Maryland Basketball with immediate effect,” said Turgeon. “I have always preached that Maryland Basketball is greater than any individual. My departure will enable a new voice to move the team forward.

“Maryland Basketball has been my passion and focus for the past ten seasons and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. It is through the combined effort and dedication of our coaches and players, both past and present, that we have consistently success in a sport that is ultra competitive I am immensely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with each of you.

“It was a real honor to be a men’s basketball coach at the University of Maryland.”

Evans Appointed Assistant Coach Danny Manning the interim head coach for the remainder of the season, beginning with the Terps’ home game against Northwestern on Sunday, December 5.

“We are fortunate that Coach Turgeon has surrounded himself with an excellent group of coaches,” said Evans. “Coach Manning is a top-level head coach and we are confident in his ability to lead this program.”

A nationwide search will start after the end of this season.

As regards Mark Turgeon
Mark Turgeon was the head coach of the University of Maryland men’s basketball team for over 10 seasons, leading the Terrapins to the NCAA tournament for five of the last six seasons (6-of-7 if 2019-20 counts). Turgeon led the Terrapins into the 2020 Big Ten Championship, posting winning seasons in all 10 years, while all 35 student athletes who exhausted their eligibility earned their undergraduate degrees. In addition, Maryland’s seven NBA draws in the past six years were the most matched in the Big Ten during that period.

In an unfortunate set of circumstances resulting from the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Turgeon’s Big Ten Championship-winning Terrapins were unable to compete in the postseason due to the cancellation of the NCAA season. Maryland had claimed the seventh regular-season title in the program’s history, going 24-7 and securing a top-4 spot in the NCAA tournament.

Turgeon led three different programs to 14 appropriate post-season appearances, including the Terps advancing to their first Sweet 16 in 13 years in the 2015-2016 season.

In 10+ seasons in Maryland, Turgeon has put together a record of 226-116 (0.661). He has an overall record of 476-275 (0.634) as a head coach.

As regards Danny Manning
One of the most accomplished players in college basketball history, Danny Manning was hired as an assistant coach by head coach Mark Turgeon on April 26, 2021. Manning and Turgeon played three seasons together in Kansas (1984-87), ushering in one of the most successful eras in program history.

Manning spent the past year working as an analyst for: ESPN, after six years (2014-20) as head coach of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and two years (2012-14) as head coach of Tulsa.
As a player, Manning’s resume is second to none. His list of achievements is what young players dream of: NCAA champion, consensus National Player of the Year, All-American, No. 1 overall NBA Draft Pick, NBA All-Star and College Basketball Hall of Famer. After winning a national title as an assistant coach in Kansas, Manning’s years as head coach included taking two different schools to the NCAA tournament and winning a regular season at the conference and a tournament title.

During his six seasons with Wake Forest, Manning coached 14 players to play professionally, including NBA players John Collins and Jaylen Hoard. The Demon Deacons had six different players earn All-ACC honors during the Manning era, while six players earned Academic All-ACC honors. Manning’s work on player development was clear: Collins was named the ACC Most Improved Player of 2017, while Doral Moore in 2018 and Olivier Sarr in 2020 came second in the voting for the award.

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