KT Turner Named UT Arlington Head Men’s Basketball Coach
By UT Arlington
Posted on March 17, 2023, March 17, 2023

KT Turner UTA Head Coach

Bringing nearly 20 years of collegiate coaching experience ranging from Texas junior college to currently the University of Kentucky, former UT Arlington men’s basketball student-athlete KT Turner has been named the 10th full-time head coach in program history.

Turner, 44, is an assistant coach with Kentucky – hired by John Calipari to keep the Wildcats’ Texas recruiting flowing – and that has come on the heels of one season each as an associate head coach at Oklahoma (2021-22) and Texas (2020-21).

Prior to his time in Austin, Turner – whose first name is Kenneth – spent seven years on the SMU sidelines from 2013-20, the last four of which were in an associate head coaching role. In 2012-13, Turner was an assistant coach for Wichita State, helping the Shockers post a 30-9 record and reach the Final Four – the first for the program since 1965.

Turner helped guide one of the sport’s blueblood programs in Kentucky to another 20-win campaign this year and a record 60th NCAA Tournament appearance. The No. 6-seeded Wildcats are set to face No. 11-seeded Providence in the First Round on Friday night at 6:10 CT on CBS.

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