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Maryland Hires Texas A&M Coach Mark Turgeon to Follow Williams

The University of Maryland hired Texas A&M basketball coach Mark Turgeon to succeed Gary Williams, who retired last week after a 22-year tenure that included the program’s only national championship.

Turgeon, 46, spent the past four seasons at Texas A&M, compiling a 97-40 record and making four trips to the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. The Aggies never got past the second round.

Turgeon, a former point guard at the University of Kansas, takes over a Maryland team that went 19-14 last season and failed to make the NCAA tournament. The Terrapins had made 14 NCAA appearances in the previous 17 seasons under Williams and won the national title in 2002.

“It was just too good an offer for me to pass on,” Turgeon said, according to a transcript of comments posted on Texas A&M’s athletic website. “I just felt like Maryland was a great opportunity for me and my family.”

Turgeon, the Big 12 Conference’s Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, has a 250-159 coaching record over 13 seasons at Texas A&M, Wichita State and Jacksonville State. He started his coaching career as an assistant at Kansas, where he won an NCAA championship on Larry Brown’s staff in 1988.

“In Mark, we have brought one of the outstanding young coaches in the country, and one who has a proven record of achievement on and off the court,” Maryland Athletics Director Kevin Anderson said. “We couldn’t be more excited.”

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