Turner Reportedly Headed to Kentucky

Joker Phillips reunites with a familiar face as he builds his first Kentucky staff.

Mississippi State defensive line coach David Turner has accepted the same job at Kentucky according to Bulldog athletics director David Byrne.

Byrne confirmed this to Kyle Veazey of the Clarion Ledger this evening.

Turner coach with Phillips on Bill Curry's staff in from 1993 to 1994 at Kentucky when he was defensive ends coach.


Among coaching circles, the job that David Turner has done with the Mississippi State defensive line the past two seasons is nothing short of remarkable. With three interior lineman departing for the NFL prior to his first season and a pair of senior defensive ends leaving after that 2007 season, Turner molded a group of undersized, younger players into a solid unity.

One of two on-field coaches remaining from last year's Bulldog staff, David Turner is not only an experienced coach, but an accomplished defensive line instructor with a Southeastern Conference coaching background.

Turner joined the Mississippi State staff after one season at the University of Alabama. He coached the Crimson Tide defensive ends during his lone campaign in Tuscaloosa, and UA finished 23rd nationally in total defense in 2006.

A 22-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, Turner joined the Alabama staff after four seasons at Vanderbilt where he was the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

A native of Goldston, N.C., Turner has also worked in the Big Ten Conference at Minnesota (2001), where he worked with the defensive ends, and in the Atlantic Coast Conference at Virginia (1997-2000), where he was the defensive tackles and linebackers coach.

He began his collegiate coaching career in 1986 as an assistant at his alma mater, Davidson College. He worked with the running backs, tight ends and then outside linebackers over a two-year stretch. In 1988, he moved to North Carolina State, serving two years as a defensive graduate assistant. He worked with a Wolfpack unit that ranked first in the ACC in total defense both seasons.

He spent one year as the defensive line coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, helping the team to a 12-2 overall record and Division II national championship. He also worked two seasons at James Madison, helping the Dukes to a 9-4 record and a berth in the 1991 Division I-AA playoffs.

Turner returned to the Division I ranks in 1993, serving two seasons as defensive ends coach at Kentucky. In 1995, he went back to NC State, coaching defensive ends and linebackers before joining the Virginia staff in '97.

He is married to the former Yvette Modica and the couple has two daughters, Bianca and Alexyia.

Coaching Career
2007-2008: Mississippi State (Defensive Line)
2006: Alabama (Defensive Ends)
2002-05: Vanderbilt (DL/ Recruiting Coordinator)
2001: Minnesota (Defensive Ends)
1997-00: Virginia (Defensive Tackles/Linebackers)
1995-96: NC State (Defensive Tackles/Linebackers)
1993-94: Kentucky (Defensive Ends)
1991-92: James Madison (Assistant Coach)
1990: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (DL)
1988-89: NC State (Graduate Assistant)
1987: Davidson (Outside Linebackers)
1986: Davidson (Running Backs / Tight Ends)

Birthdate: November 19, 1962
Hometown: Goldston, N.C.
Education: 1985 - Bachelor's in Sociology from Davidson
Family: Married to the former Yvette Modica
Children: Bianca and Alexyia

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