Catherria Turner selected as Hawks new Women’s Basketball Coach

Oakland, Calif. – Holy Names University Director of Athletics, Dennis Jones announced today the hiring of Catherria Turner as the Hawks’ new head women’s basketball coach.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach Turner to the HNU Community; it became clear early on that Catherria is firmly aligned with the mission of the University and department of Athletics,” said Jones. “Her belief in the total educational experience for the student athlete, understanding of, and passion for the game of basketball, are a tremendous asset to the University, Department of Athletics and our women’s basketball program.”

The past four seasons 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 III Sweet Sixteen. While coaching at Maine, Turner helped lead the team to a top 25 academic rating in the NCAA. While at Portland, Coach Turner helped lead the 2009-10 team to the best record since 1997-98.

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 began her college career at the University of Oregon, where her freshman year at Oregon she 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 team captain and a scholar athlete, named to the Big 12’s All Academic Women’s Basketball Team.

Within Turner’s high school career she was named the 2001 State Player of the year; after averaging a triple double (29.7 ppg, 11 rbd, 10 stl). Turner still holds the Arizona big schools 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.

Coach Turner began her coaching career as 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 served as Miss Black Oregon USA 2010.

Turner will become the newest member of HNU’s Athletic department. Both she and the newly appointed (March, 2011) head men’s basketball coach, Omar Sanchez will be leading the teams into their 2011-2012 season.

Coach Sanchez is pleased to be working with Turner. “I am excited to be working with Coach Turner, as we both have a holistic approach to coaching. I am looking forward to working together to build our programs and transition them into the NCAA.”

Turner will be the 6th Head Coach in HNU history to lead the program. Coach Turner is ecstatic to join the HNU Athletic team, “First, I must say I feel blessed to have the great opportunity to be the next Head Coach at Holy Names University. Holy Names is such a unique place. It’s about family, service, impacting young people, as well as great tradition. It’s about creating avenues for habits of excellence for young people to discover who they are, helping them to become better equipped for life. I can’t tell you enough how honored and blessed I am to be a part of such a great university and program. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with such a great group of young women. Their tenacity, passion, and will, will be what we are going to dial up and build upon. I am thrilled, driven, excited, humbled and blessed to be the next head coach at Holy Names University.”

Last season, Holy Names finished with a conference record of 15-1 and an overall record of 24-9. They were eliminated in the opening round of the national tournament.

Jack Easley—Iowa State University Associate Head Women’s Basketball Coach (2003- Present)
“Holy Names University is very lucky to get one of the rising stars of women’s college basketball. I’ve been around Catherria for about ten years now and have been very impressed with her work ethnic, knowledge of the game, passion, energy and her values and morals. She will make an impact immediately in her players, both on and off the floor. I’m looking forward to following the progress of her team.”

Alan Nakamura—Point Loma Nazarene University Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach (2000- Present)
“Coach Turner is a bright, intelligent, passionate, and articulate young coach. Congratulations to Holy Names University on an outstanding hire for the Head Women’s Basketball position. Coach Turner is the perfect person to build on the excellent work of Coach Spencer; as Holy Names athletics heads into its next exciting phase of continued growth. I am confident that the players, administration, alumni, and fans of Holy Names basketball are going to be blessed by the knowledge, heart, and integrity that Coach Turner is going to bring to the program.”

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