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Perham native tabbed to lead Mankato's Track and Field

Minnesota State Director of Athletics Kevin Buisman has announced that Mike Turgeon has been selected as head coach of the Maverick track and field programs.

"We are extremely excited to announce Mike Turgeon as the new head coach of our men's and women's track & field programs," said Buisman. "Maverick Track & Field is already one of the most successful programs in NCAA Division II and we have a rich history to build upon.  I am confident Coach Turgeon can take what is in place and advance it to an even more elite level.   His resume speaks for itself in terms of training and developing championship caliber student-athletes and we believe that can continue with the resources we currently have in place.  Beyond that, his strong background in coaching and administration and exceptional planning and organizational skills will allow him to hit the ground running and ensure the future success of the program."

Turgeon comes to the Mavericks after 13 years with the track and field programs at Winona State. The Perham, Minn., native joined the Warriors as an assistant coach with the women's track and field program in 2004 before being named the associate head coach in 2011.

A four-time USTFCCCA DII Central Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year, Turgeon has coached 38 NCAA Division II All-Americans and five DII national champions in the throwing events.

His student-athletes at Winona State have established all of the current school record holders in the throwing events and the Warriors' throw event group has ranked in the top five annually in each of the following events:  discus, hammer, indoor and outdoor shot put and weight throw by the USTFCCCA since the start of the rankings in 2015.

"I could not be more thrilled to be the next head track and field coach at Minnesota State.  I look forward to working with MSU's talented coaching staff and student athletes. I know that, together, we will build upon the program's already successful program to create one of the most dynamic track and field powerhouses in NCAA Division II," said Turgeon. "My family and I are very excited about joining the Maverick family.  I want to thank the Search Committee and Director of Athletics, Kevin Buisman, for the opportunity to coach the men and women's track and field teams.  I am looking forward to meeting each of the student-athletes, alumni and to become an active member of the MSU athletic department."

Turgeon, who has also served as Associate Athletic Director: Student Success Center at Winona State since 2015 after serving three years as the school's Associate AD: Student-Athlete Services and Compliance and three years as Director of Student-Athlete Services, owns undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. As a student-athlete at UW-L, Turgeon was a two-time NCAA Division III national discus champion (2002 and 2004), a four-time All-American in the discus and a two-time NCAA DIII All-American in the weight throw.

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