Tom Turner enters his 23nd year as Saint Joseph's head men's soccer coach in 2009. He is also marking his 27th season of association with SJU soccer, including his four years as a player. Now one of the longest-tenured coaches at the University, Turner continues to lend a great deal of experience to the Hawk program. Additionally, he passed the legendary Jack Dunn's record of 120 wins in the men's soccer program with a 2-0 victory over Rider on October 4, 2008. He owns a 124-251-30 mark in 22 seasons.
After being plagued by injuries in previous years, the Hawks made their presence felt in the Atlantic 10 the last two seasons, winning five games in each campaign. The Hawks have built a solid core of veteran defenders and with their leading scorer returning and a strong recruited class of freshman Turner looks to return to his winning ways.
Turner took over the Saint Joseph's soccer program in 1987, and his rebuilding plan led the Hawks to back-to-back double-digit win seasons in 1993 and 1994. That success was reminiscent of his playing days in the early 1970's, when the Hawks made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
In 1993, Turner guided the Hawks to a school-record 12 wins, a first-ever Soccer Seven title, and an Atlantic 10 Tournament appearance. For his efforts, he was named the Coach of the Year in both the Atlantic 10 Conference and the Philadelphia Soccer Seven. He followed that with a 10-7-2 record in 1994, marking the first consecutive double-digit win campaigns in the program's history. The Hawks advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament, falling to NCAA semifinalist Rutgers.
After a span of six seasons in which the team totaled 23 wins, Turner got the Hawks back on track with 26 victories in the next three seasons. That stretch included a 10-7-2 record in 2001, in which he earned his second Soccer Seven Coach of the Year Award.
A former defensive standout at Saint Joseph's (1970 to 1973), he played on the school's 1971 and 1972 NCAA Tournament teams. Turner took over the reins of the Hawk soccer program after a 10-year coaching stint at La Salle College High School (1977 to 1986), where he compiled a record of 100-88-21. During that period, he also coached the Montgomery County All-Stars in Pennsylvania's Keystone Games scholastic competition while continuing his playing career in the Major Division of Philadelphia's United Soccer League.
Turner has worked at La Salle College High School since 1981, and currently serves as the assistant dean of students and director of transportation, while also teaching social studies.
Turner resides in Churchville, Pa., with his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Brigid, a 2005 graduate of Saint Joseph's, and Mary Catherine.