Jim Turner begins his first season as offensive line coach at Texas Tech University.
Turner comes to Texas Tech after a four-year stint in College Station where he molded one of the best offensive lines in college football. This past season, his group led the nation in fewest sacks allowed as the Aggie line surrendered only eight over the course of a 12-game regular season. The offensive line also paved the way for the Aggies to boast the nation's 21st-ranked rushing attack.
Turner worked with the Boston College staff as offensive line coach in 2007. Prior to his stop in Chestnut Hill, he served two years (2005-06) as the offensive line coach at the University of Delaware. In the 2006 season, Turner added the title of assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Fightin' Blue Hens.
In the 2006 season, he helped tackle Mike Byrne earn All-Atlantic 10 honors as the Blue Hens were among the Division I-AA leaders in several offensive categories. The 2005 Delaware offensive line allowed only 13 sacks and Brian Sims earned second-team All-Atlantic 10 honors.
Turner's background includes stops at Temple in 2003-04 as the offensive line coach as well as three years (2000-02) at Cambridge, Massachusetts, as the offensive line and run game coordinator for Harvard. In 2001, the Crimson posted an undefeated 9-0 record and won the Ivy League crown. The 2000 Crimson offense broke 17 school offensive records.
Turner spent one season in Ruston, Louisiana, as the offensive line coach for Louisiana Tech in 1999. The offensive line allowed only 18 sacks in 566 pass attempts. The Bulldogs averaged 37 points a game and averaged 474 yards of total offense.
From 1994 through 1998, Turner coached at Northeastern University in Boston working with the offensive line and tight ends in 1994-95, before switching to running backs and special teams in 1996, and ending his tenure there as the defensive line and special teams coach in 1997 and 1998. A native of Braintree, Massachusetts, Turner was a three-year letterman and two-year starter for Coach Jack Bicknell at Boston College as a fullback. He played in three bowl games, the Liberty, Cotton and Hall of Fame. His senior season he was named a team captain.
After earning his degree in sociology in 1988 from Boston College, Turner began his coaching career at his high school alma mater of Braintree in 1988. He spent the 1989 season in London, England, as the offensive coordinator of the Kent Rams before serving in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer in Europe, the Middle East and Japan from 1990-94.
Turner and his wife Patricia have one son, Michael.