Updated Sept. 3, 2010
In five seasons at Southern Illinois University, Alan Turner has established himself as one of the top sprint coaches in the Missouri Valley Conference.
During his tenure at SIU he has lead the sprints and hurdles group to 14 individual Missouri Valley Conference titles, 2 men's 4x100m relay titles and one men's 4x400m relay title. He has had 25 MVC runner-ups, 65 All-MVC performances, 25 NCAA Regional Qualifiers, 7 school records, 32 performances in SIU's all-time top-five list and 11 USATF Junior National qualifiers.
This past season was another successful record breaking campaign. His athletes broke three school records and won five Missouri Valley titles. Kandise Thompson set the new SIU standard with a 54.24 in the 400m indoors as well as part of the 4x400m relay team that broke the school record by almost 4 seconds with a 3:39.51. Kendra Deck broke the 400H record 3 times and set the new standard at 58.61 finishing 14th at the NCAA West Regional. Tredene Davis was also under the old record during the same race with Deck at the regional meet. Brandon Deloney continued to dominate the 200m in the Valley again sweeping the conference titles at the indoor and outdoor meets. Meredith Hayes also continued her reign in the short hurdles winning the MVC titles for the second straight year in the 60H indoor and 100H outdoor. Sammy Biggs won the outdoor 400m title. The women's team won the outdoor Missouri Valley title for the 2nd straight year by 44 ½ points.
The 2009 season was highlighted by sophomore Meredith Hayes who captured both the 60H indoors and 100H outdoor MVC titles. Her time of 8.42 in the 60H at the MVC Indoor Championship established a new MVC meet record and moved her to #2 on the SIU all-time list. At the MVC Outdoor Championship she led SIU to a 1-2-4 finish in the 100H with a 13.50, which also moved her to #2 on the SIU all-time list. Hayes finished 10th at the NCAA Mideast Regional. The SIU women's team captured the 2009 MVC Indoor & Outdoor team titles.
In 2008 his athletes had 19 All-MVC performances along with six MVC Champions and eight NCAA MidEast Regional qualifiers. Freshman Brandon Deloney won the MVC 200m titles at both the indoor and outdoor championships. In doing so he set SIU's McAndrew Stadium record at 20.83 during the outdoor meet. Deloney finished the 2008 season with 4 MVC titles, All-Mideast Region in 4x400m and a USATF Jr. National All-American in the 200m. Sophomores Stevie Warren and Sammy Biggs won their first individual MVC titles in 2008. Warren captured the 100m title, while Biggs won the 400m indoor conference title. Warren, Deloney, Biggs along with senior Antoine Jennings swept the relays at the MVC meet in NCAA regional qualifying times and the quartet finished with All-MidEast regional honors in the 4x400m relay.
Andrea Norris broke her own school record in the 60m with a runner-up performance at the 2008 MVC Indoor meet in 7.50 and followed that up with another school record in the indoor 200m at 24.62. Norris finished her career as a 10-time All-MVC runner. Freshman hurdler Meredith Hayes and Sophomore Terri Counts moved to #2 & #3 respectively on the SIU all-time list in the 60m hurdles. Sophomore Kendra Deck moved up to #4 on the SIU list in the 400H where she was MVC runner-up and a NCAA regional qualifier.
In 2007 Turner guided Andrea Norris to the SIU indoor 60 meter record of 7.52 seconds. Norris collected 4 individual All-MVC honors in 2007, along with qualifying for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 200m. Freshman, Sammy Biggs was All-MVC in the 400m at 46.98 and qualified for the USATF Jr. Nationals.
In Turner's first season he coached Felix Anderson, who was the high point scorer on the track at the 2006 MVC Indoor Championships, winning the 400m and taking runner-up in the 200m twenty minutes later. Anderson won the outdoor 200m title and was a regional qualifier in 200m, 400m and 4x100m relay. Also that season, Freshman Stevie Warren earned All-MVC honors in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, as well as qualifying for the USATF Jr. Nationals in the 100m.
Before coming to SIU, Turner spent two years at Proviso East High School in Maywood, IL. as an assistant coach in the sprints and horizontal jumps.
While at Proviso East, he coached one Junior National Champion, three Junior National qualifiers, two Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state champions, three all-state honorees and six sectional champions. Three of his athletes from the 2004 team received Division I track scholarships.
Prior to Proviso East, Turner assisted triple jumper Kamau Sullivan in qualifying for the USATF Nationals in 1993 and 1994, as a member of the Nike Indiana Track Club.
As an athlete, Turner was a three-time All-American at Indiana University. He won five Big Ten titles; two long-jump, two 400m and one 4x400-meter relay. He was a team captain for the Hoosiers for three seasons, winning five straight Big Ten Conference team titles from 1990 indoor to 1992 indoor. In 1991, he won the NCAA indoor long jump title and was runner-up at the NCAA outdoor championships. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400m and 4x100m relay. Turner still holds the Indiana record in the outdoor long jump and as a member of the 4x100m relay.
Outside of collegiate competition, Turner finished in the top-eight in the long jump at the USA Outdoor Championships four times. He was a member of five U.S. National teams, winning the gold medal at the 1991 World University Games in the long jump.
A native of North Chicago, IL. Turner earned a bachelor's degree in public finance and an economics minor from Indiana in 1992. Professionally, Turner has worked as a trading assistant with Conseco Capital Management in Carmel, IN and over seven years with First Chicago and Bank One as a portfolio manager in Chicago.
Turner at a Glance:
17 Missouri Valley Conference Champions
25 Missouri Valley Conference Runner-ups
65 All-MVC performances
25 NCAA Regional Qualifiers
1 USATF Jr. National Champion
11 USATF Jr. National Qualifiers