DSC basketball: Catherria Turner named Dixie State women's basketball coach

By Jeff Cluff

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, April 20 2013 11:19 p.m. MDT

Catherria Turner is named head women's basketball coach Saturday at Dixie State.

Jeff Cluff, DSU Athletics

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ST. GEORGE – Dixie State University Director of Athletics Jason Boothe announced the hiring of Catherria Turner as the Red Storm’s new head women’s basketball coach.

“I am thrilled to add Catherria to the Red Storm family as the new leader for our women's basketball program," Boothe said. "It is a very exciting day for Dixie State University. We had a phenomenal pool of candidates and Catherria was the perfect fit for Dixie, fitting everything we were looking for in our next head coach, head coaching experience at the NCAA level, strong recruiting ties in the west, and exceptional leadership qualities. She will bring a new level of intensity and enthusiasm to the program and will be able to keep the team at the top of the west region and competing at the national level for many years to come.”

Turner spent the last two seasons as the head coach at fellow Pacific West Conference member Holy Names University. This past season was the school’s inaugural year in the NCAA and the PacWest. She led her team to a ninth place finish and a 12-14 record, after being selected in the preseason to finish last in the conference. HNU led the NCAA and the PacWest in rebounds with 51.2 per game. Off the court, her squad had a GPA above 3.0 and spent over 300 hours per season of community service. In her two seasons as head coach, she compiled a 25-32 record.

Prior to Holy Names, Turner served as an assistant coach at University of Portland, University of Maine and Simpson College (IA), assisting with recruiting and ensuring student athletes attained academic excellence. At Simpson College, she was the diversity athletic recruiter for all 18 sports, as well as helped guide the women’s team to an overall record of 27-3, reaching the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen. While coaching at Maine, Turner helped lead the team to a top 25 academic rating in the NCAA. While at Portland, Turner helped lead the 2009-10 team to the best record since 1997-98.

Turner began her college career at the University of Oregon. In her freshman year, the Ducks won the NIT Championship. The following year, she transferred to Oklahoma State University, where Turner excelled as a member of the women’s basketball team. In 2005-2006, she was among the leaders in the nation in assists and minutes played. Turner was also the team captain and a scholar athlete, being named to the Big 12’s All Academic Women’s Basketball Team.

Within Turner’s high school career, she was named the 2001 Arizona State Player of the Year; after averaging a triple double (29.7 ppg, 11 rbd, 10 stl). Turner still holds the school's state records for points per game average, along with steals in a season and in a game. She was inducted into the Amphitheater High School (AZ) Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Turner began her coaching career as the head coach of the Tucson Miracles travel team in 2002. In addition, she assisted in coaching within several camps and organizations for youth. She is an entrepreneur, co-founding a sports gear company (Ms. Balla) and has continued to advance her knowledge in her sport completing additional coaching clinics such as Nike/WBCA So You Want to be a Coach. Turner is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Black Coach Administrators. Turner also competed in the Miss Black Oregon USA scholarship pageant in 2010. She was the first runner up in the event that celebrates the scholastic achievements, talents and beauty of African American women.

Turner received her Bachelor of Science in education at Oklahoma State University in 2005 and earned her Master of Science in management communications at the University of Portland in 2011. Turner’s appointment makes her just the second head coach in DSU Division II history to lead the program.

"God is good. I want to thank President Stephen Nadauld, Athletic Director Jason Boothe and the DSU search committee for this amazing opportunity," Turner said. "This is a place where the support of the administration, the university and the St. George community has come together to create an incredible atmosphere to attend college and be an athlete.

"I am here to win championships, make a positive empowering difference in young people's lives as they transition to adulthood. We have a very bright future here at DSU and I expect to hit the ground running."

Turner continued about her style of coaching.

"I orchestrate an exciting style of basketball both offensively and defensively and it will be fun to play and watch. I am a young energetic coach with years of experience," she said. "I am from a basketball coaching family, my father, my uncles, as well as my cousins’ coach. My expectations are high in the classroom, the community and the court. I am blessed to be the newest member of the DSU family. I have prayed, primed and prepared for this perfect storm to come together. We will all strive for excellence in the representation of God, family, academics and athletics. Go Storm and God bless."

Last season, Dixie State finished with a 15-13 overall record and 12-6 in PacWest record. The Red Storm earned a 4th seed in the inaugural PacWest Tournament and were eliminated in the semifinals.

Dixie State Athletics, located in St. George, Utah, sponsors 13 sports played at the NCAA Division II level – baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross-country, women’s cross-country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. Dixie State competes in the Pacific West Conference for all sports except football, a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Jeff Cluff is the Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State College Athletics. Contact him at cluff@dixie.edu.

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