Saint Joseph’s University mourns the passing of Tom Turner '73, the longtime coach, and former standout player, with the Hawks' men’s soccer program.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewings on Tuesday, January 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, (800 Newtown-Richboro Rd., Richboro, PA) and on Wednesday, January 24 from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to the Funeral Mass (10:30 a.m.) at St. Vincent de Paul Church (654 Hatboro Road, Richboro, PA).
One of the longest tenured coaches in Saint Joseph's athletics, Turner served as head coach of the men's soccer program for 23 seasons, from 1987-2009, and is the program's all-time leader in career victories (124).
Turner took over the Hawk soccer program in 1987 and led SJU to back-to-back double digit wins in 1993 and 1994. In 1993, Turner guided the Hawks to a school-record 12 wins, their first-ever Soccer Seven title, and an Atlantic 10 Tournament appearance. He was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. In 1994, the Hawks returned to the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Turner was named the Soccer Seven Coach of the Year twice, in 1993 and 1994, and had 22 of his student-athletes receive Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors, with one earning the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year award (current head coach Don D'Ambra, in 1993).
A former defensive standout at Saint Joseph's from 1970-73, Turner played on two NCAA Tournament teams.