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Hajj Turner completed his sixth year on the men's basketball staff at the George Washington University in 2016-17.
Turner has helped the Colonials to 94 wins the past four seasons which is the most in a four-year stretch in school history. In 2015-16, GW won a school-record 28 games while capturing its first ever postseason title by winning the NIT.
The former Division I forward helps mentor the Colonials' post players and his tutelage was reflected in the growth of big men Isaiah Armwood and Kevin Larsen. Armwood earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and A-10 All-Defensive Team honors and Larsen was the Chris Daniels A-10 Most Improved Player during a 2013-14 season in which GW matched the second-most wins in program history and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Larsen also earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors in 2014-15.
In 2015-16, forward Tyler Cavanaugh earned Second Team All-A-10 honors and led GW in scoring with 16.8 points per game. He also earned the Most Outstanding Player award as the Colonials went 5-0 to capture the NIT title. The following year, Cavanaugh increased his numbers to 18.3 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game to again earn Second Team All-A-10 honors.
Prior to joining GW in 2011, Turner spent the previous six seasons at the University of Vermont, including the position of Associate Head Coach for the 2010-11 season. He joined the UVM staff in May of 2005.
At Vermont, Turner was involved in many aspects of the basketball program including recruiting, academics, individual skill development, conditioning, and opponent scouting. He also worked closely with the Catamount big men and played an instrumental role in the development of America East All-Conference performers Martin Klimes (Third Team, All-Defensive Team), center Chris Holm (First Team) and Marqus Blakely (Two-time Player and Defensive Player of the Year). Holm finished the 2006-07 season ranked second in the nation in rebounding.
A 2001 graduate and former team captain at Louisville, Turner spent the two seasons prior to going to Vermont at Maryland as the assistant director and men's basketball coordinator of the school's academic support and career development unit. Prior to that, Turner was an intern at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis working on the preparation of both the Men's and Women's Division I National Basketball Championships.
A native of Charlottesville, Va., Turner graduated as the top undergraduate student in Pan African Studies in 2001 and became only the second player in school history to pursue a master's degree while playing for Louisville (higher education and sports administration), graduating in the spring of 2002. He played for both Denny Crum and Rick Pitino during his five-year career, while earning All-Conference USA Academic Honor Roll honors in each of his five seasons. As a senior, he was voted co-captain by his teammates on Pitino's first Cardinal squad.
Turner's older sister, Mandisa, played for the Colonials women's basketball team from 1996-99.
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