David Turner is in his fourth season as an assistant coach at Virginia. He is in charge of the defensive tackles in 2000 after serving as linebackers coach in 1999. Turner, who previously coached the defensive tackles in 1997 and 1998, assumes additional responsibilites this season as special teams co-coordinator. In this newly-created position, he and fellow assistant coach Art Markos oversee four aspects of special teams play: punt team, punt return team, kickoff team and kickoff return team.
Among the players Turner has coached during his tenure at Virginia are first-team All-ACC defensive tackle Antonio Dingle in 1997 and second-team All-ACC linebackers Shanon Taylor and Byron Thweatt in 1999
Turner came to UVa after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at North Carolina State. He coached the defensive ends in 1995 and the linebackers in 1996.
Before that, Turner served two seasons as the defensive ends coach at Kentucky. While there, he coached 1993 Peach Bowl MVP Zane Beehn and also worked with the Wildcats' punt return team.
From 1991-92, Turner was the outside linebackers coach at James Madison. In 1991, he helped lead the Dukes to a 9-4 record and a berth in the NCAA Division I-AA Championships.
In 1990, Turner coached the defensive line at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. IUP posted a 12-2 record that season and advanced to the Division II championship game.
Turner's coaching experience also includes two years as a graduate assistant coach at N.C. State from 1988-89 and two years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Davidson College, from 1986-87.
Growing up in Goldston, N.C., Turner earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Davidson in 1985. He lettered three times as a running back at Davidson, leading the Wildcats in rushing and receiving his senior year. He played one year of professional football with the Bologna Tower of the Italian Football League.
Turner was a three-sport standout (football, baseball and basketball) at Chatham Central High School in Bear Creek, N.C.
- Born: November 19, 1962, in New York, N.Y.
- Family: Married to the former Yvette Lynn Modica of Robersonville, N.C.; two children: Bianca, 13; Alexyia, 3.
- Education: Graduated from Chatham Central High School in Bear Creek, N.C., in 1981; received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., in 1985.
- Coaching Background: Running backs and tight ends coach at Davidson (1986-87); graduate assistant coach at N.C. State (1988-89); defensive line coach at Indiana (Pa.) University (1990); outside linebackers coach at James Madison (1991-92); defensive ends coach at Kentucky (1993-94); assistant football coach at N.C. State (1995-96), coaching the defensive ends in 1995 and linebackers in 1996; assistant football coach at the University of Virginia (1997-present), serving as defensive tackles coach from 1997-98, linebackers coach in 1999 and defensive tackles coach/special teams co-coordinator in 2000.
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