GW's Mike Lonergan Announces Hajj Turner As New Associate Head Coach for Men's Basketball

Associate Head Coach Hajj Turner is the first addition to new GW men's basketball head coach Mike Lonergan's staff.

May 26, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - Hajj Turner has been hired as Associate Head Coach for men's basketball at The George Washington University, head coach Mike Lonergan has announced. The hiring of Turner marks the first addition to Lonergan's staff.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Hajj join us as we strive to take the GW men's basketball program to the next level," Lonergan said. "Hajj has tremendous experience both playing and coaching college basketball, and I am excited about what he will bring to GW."



Turner spent the last six seasons at the University of Vermont under Lonergan, including the position of Associate Head Coach for the 2010-11 season. He joined Lonergan's UVM staff in May of 2005.

"It's a great honor to be named as Associate Head Coach for the Colonials," said Turner. "GW is an outstanding university that plays high-level basketball in a great conference, and I am thrilled to continue to work with Coach Lonergan as we take GW basketball to great heights."

A 2001 graduate and former team captain at Louisville, Turner spent the two seasons prior to coming to Vermont at Maryland as the assistant director and men's basketball coordinator of the school's academic support and career development unit. In 2004-05, he worked closely with Lonergan who was an assistant with the Terrapins. 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.

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 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 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 a 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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In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries. The George Washington University Department of Athletics fields teams in 22 varsity sports (10 men's, 12 women's), 16 of which compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference.