Hajj Turner, a former captain at Louisville, begins his sixth season overall and first as the associate head coach at Vermont in 2010-11. He joined head coach Mike Lonergan's staff in May of 2005.
Turner, a 2001 graduate of Louisville, spent the two seasons prior to coming to Vermont at Maryland as the assistant director and men's basketball coordinator of the school's academic support and career development unit. In 2004-05, he worked closely with Lonergan who was an assistant with the Terps. Prior to that, Turner was an intern at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis working on the preparation of both the Men's and Women's Division I National Basketball Championships.
At Vermont, Turner is heavily involved in many aspects of the basketball program including recruiting, academics, individual skill development, conditioning, and opponent scouting. He also works closely with the Catamount big men and has played an instrumental role in the development of America East All-Conference performers Martin Klimes (Third Team, All-Defensive Team), center Chris Holm (First Team) and Marqus Blakely (Two-time Player and Defensive Player of the Year). Holm finished the 2006-07 season ranked second in the nation in rebounding.
A native of Charlottesville, Va., Turner graduated as the top undergraduate student in Pan African Studies in 2001 and became only the second player in school history to pursue a master's degree while playing for Louisville (higher education and sports administration), graduating in the spring 2002. He played for both Denny Crum and Rick Pitino during his five-year career, while earning All-Conference USA Academic Honor Roll honors in each of his five seasons. As a senior, he was a voted co-captain by his teammates on Pitino's first Cardinal squad.
Very impressive resume for Hajj Turner. I love the part of being the only 2nd player in Louisville history to pursue a master degree while still on the team. I think it's so impressive that Turner would have to be a leading candidate to REPLACE Lonergan as the new head coach at Vermont.