Mike Turk named Huntingdon director of athletics
Ala. —Mike Turk was introduced as Huntingdon College’s new director of
athletics at a news conference held Friday, March 15. Turk will continue to serve as the Hawks’ head
joined the Huntingdon staff as the Hawks’ second head football coach in
the spring of 2004. In nine seasons, he has turned the program into a
consistent winner with a 57-30 record. During his tenure, the program
has achieved its first win (2004), first winning season (2005), first
playoff appearance (2009) and first regular-season national ranking
President J. Cameron West said Turk’s leadership and experience will
benefit the entire Huntingdon athletic department. "We were fortunate
to hire a man of Mike Turk's caliber to head our football program nearly
nine years ago, and we are just as fortunate to add 'athletic director'
to his title today," said West. "Coach Turk is known throughout the
community, the region, and college athletics for his integrity,
character, and professionalism. We are grateful he was willing to share
his expertise in the leadership of all 16 intercollegiate athletic
teams, especially as the athletic program transitions into the USA South
Athletic Conference later this year."
said he looks forward to helping Huntingdon athletics continue to grow
and excel in the future. “I’m really humbled and excited to have the
opportunity to serve the school in this way,” said Turk. “During my time
here, I’ve had the opportunity to work with and work for some great
people. I feel like the pieces of the puzzle are in place. We have a
good team of coaches on staff. Our coaches are men and women who care
about their players and want their players and their programs to be
successful. I want to do everything I can to help them make that
head football coach, Turk led the Hawks to a 4-5 record his first
season. Huntingdon was 7-2 during his second season and has not had a
losing season since. The Hawks posted back-to-back 8-2 seasons in 2008
and 2009 and reached the NCAA-Division III playoffs for the first time
2011, Huntingdon posted a 7-3 record against what was ranked as the
toughest strength of schedule in Division III and the Hawks won their
first two games against nationally ranked opponents.
2012, the Hawks’ win over nationally-ranked Hampden-Sydney propelled
the team into the regular-season national rankings for the first time.
Huntingdon was ranked for seven weeks, climbing as high as 16th and concluding the final four weeks of their season in the top 20.
has also helped several of his players develop into standout
performers. In 2012, senior defensive lineman D.J. Chappell became the
first Hawk to earn first-team All-American honors. Following the 2011
season, receiver Cody Pearcy signed an NFL free-agent contract with the
Atlanta Falcons. Eight other players have earned All-Region recognition.
success on the field is important to Turk, success in the classroom is
equally important. Since 2007, Huntingdon has placed 29 players on the
National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society. In their lone
season in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Hawks
were recognized with seven All-Academic players.
earned his undergraduate degree in physical education and a master's
degree in education from Troy State University. A graduate of Jeff Davis
High School in Montgomery, Turk was a walk-on quarterback for Troy in
the spring of 1984, quickly proving himself and leading the program to
NCAA Division II national championships in 1984 and 1987. His teams were
40-8-1 in four seasons. One of the most decorated players in Troy
history, Turk was selected as an All-Conference performer in the Gulf
South Conference three times and was runner-up for the prestigious
Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the nation's top Division II performer. He
was a consensus All-America selection as a senior and was named GSC
Freshman of the Year in 1984.
Following his senior year, Turk was named Division II Offensive Player of the Year by Football News.
He was the first person to be chosen as the Alabama Sports Writers
Association's Small College Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Year
in the same season.
was a Troy assistant for 13 seasons before returning to his hometown
roots. When he left Troy for Huntingdon, Turk had played or coached in
20 of the Trojans' 22 postseason games.
the spring of 2012, Turk was one of 11 inducted into the inaugural Troy
University Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition to his mark left in Troy,
Turk was enshrined as a member of the ninth class of the NCAA Division
II Football Hall of Fame in December of 2007.
He is married to the former Danielle Warren of Alexander City. They have two sons: Jimbo, a Huntingdon student, and Jake.
succeeds Buzz Phillips in the role of director of athletics. Phillips
announced his retirement from the position in January, but remains on
staff as head women’s basketball coach and director of athletics