Head Coach Willis Wilson has rounded out the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi basketball staff with the addition of Kenneth (K.T.) Turner as an assistant coach, it was announced today. Wilson also announced that Mark Dannhoff, who completed his first season as an assistant coach this past year, will remain a part of the Islanders staff.
"K.T. is a great, young basketball mind," Wilson said. "He will be an outstanding role model for our student-athletes and brings experience and energy that will make him an outstanding recruiter as well. While I've only known Mark a short time, it doesn't take long at all to see that he's an outstanding teacher of the game of basketball, and I know all of our players have the utmost respect for him. Joined with Coach [Marty] Gross, these two give us a tremendous staff that will lead us to success this year and well beyond."
Turner comes to the Island University after spending the last two years at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. In his two years at HCC, Turner helped lead the Blue Dragons to a combined record of 52-12 and to the Region VI semifinals in both years. The Blue Dragons had not gone that far in the playoffs since the 2003-04 season prior to Turner's arrival.
"I can't fully express how excited I am to join the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi family," Turner said. "Coach Wilson has long been a mentor to me, and to work with him at a place with such potential for greatness will be a privilege and an honor. I know great things are ahead of us with Islanders Basketball."
Prior to joining the staff at HCC, Turner spent one year as an assistant to current HCC Coach Steve Eck at Cowley College, where the team went 29-5 and advanced to the Region VI title game in his only season. Prior to that, he spent a year as an assistant at Northern Arizona, as he and the Lumberjacks put up a 21-11 season with a 12-4 mark in Big Sky action. He also had stints as an assistant at Redlands Community College and Panola (Texas) Junior College.
In his playing days at HCC, Turner was a third-team All-Jayhawk Conference Western Division selection and also the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 Hutchinson Classic. As a Blue Dragon player from 1997 to 1999 under head coach Tim Jankovic, Turner's teams went 50-14 combined with one trip to the Region VI semifinals.
After two years at HCC, Turner transferred to UT-Arlington for one season before finishing his collegiate playing career at Oklahoma City University. At OCU, Turner helped the Stars reach the Final Four of the NAIA National Basketball Tournament. Turner went on to play professional basketball for Benneton Treviso in Treviso, Italy.
Turner and his wife, Cassaundra, have two children, Kelis and Kenneth III (Trey). He earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Oklahoma City University in 2003.
The 2010-11 season was Dannhoff's 20th year as a college coach, having previously worked in the collegiate ranks as an assistant at Texas - Pan American during the 2008-09 season. In all, he has been an assistant coach on nine collegiate coaching staffs and a head coach at Northland Community College for five seasons. He was also the interim head coach at Texas - Pan American during his stint with the Broncs.