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Inside Look At K.T. Turner's Coaching Background

Kentucky's newest addition to the coaching staff goes by the name of K.T. Turner. He's been heavily involved in college basketball for over two decades now.

Our guy is not yet on Wikipedia, so I had to do some digging for his past coaching stops, but here's what I've come up with. He's had 14 stops prior to coming to Kentucky, with all ranging from coaching to playing the sport, collegiately and professionally.

2022-23: Associate Head Coach at Kentucky

2021-22: Associate Head Coach at Oklahoma

2020-21: Assistant Head Coach Coach at Texas

2013-20: Associate Head Coach SMU

2012-13: Assistant Coach at Wichita State

2011-12: Assistant and Lead Recruiter at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

2009-11: Assistant Coach at Hutchinson Community College

2008-09: Assistant Coach at Cowley College

2007-08: Assistant Coach at Northern Arizona

2006-07: Assistant Coach at Redlands Community College

2005-06: Assistant Coach at Panola Community College

2002-05: Played basketball professionally for Benneton Treviso (Italy)

2000-01: Student and basketball player at Oklahoma City University

1999-00: Student and basketball player at UT-Arlington

1997-99: Student and basketball player at Hutchinson Community College

“I knew that when we had an opening, K.T. Turner would be our next guy I’d be calling on,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “I’ve been very impressed with K.T. for as long as I’ve known him. He is from Cincinnati, his father worked for Tony Yates, and he still has ties to the area. He’s an established coach and someone who has a passion for development. He loves spending time in the gym working with kids and helping them continue to push for improvement. K.T. has done an excellent job of recruiting Texas, which has always been good to us, and has a terrific ability to connect with young people. He is exactly the coach we were looking for and I’m thrilled to have him join our family.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work at the University of Kentucky,” Turner said. “I’ve always wanted to work under John Calipari and be a part of his program. He has been on the forefront of college basketball for a long time. My family is extremely thankful for the opportunity to live in the state of Kentucky and be a part of the Lexington community. There is work to be done and the staff that I am joining is prepared to get this done. We know the mission is to get number nine.”

K.T. Turner will replace Jai Lucas' spot on the staff, joining Bruiser Flint, Chin Coleman, Orlando Antigua and John Calipari.

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