It appears that Jim Turgeon is no longer the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Denver. While DU has not posted a press release detailing Turgeon’s departure or the circumstances related thereto, the school has posted a new job listing for head basketball coach and has removed Turgeon from the DU athletics web site. Our sources would not confirm Turgeon’s departure, nor the cause of his earlier administrative leave since January of 2020, reportedly for what was considered to be insensitive behavior.
While DU has made no comment about the departure, the second sentence in the new head coach job description is interesting, as DU has made clear what kind of behavior it is seeking in a new head coach:
The Head Coach will demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the principles of multiculturalism and diversity through hiring practices, training and development programming, campus collaborations, or involvement and participation in university/divisional multiculturalism and diversity projects or initiatives.
Turgeon had been the head coach at DU since 2017, where he put together a 42-39 record over his 2.5-year stint. Prior to his arrival, under head coach Kerry Cremeans, the Pioneers suffered through five straight losing seasons, which included single-digit wins in each of their previous four years. Turgeon came to Denver from D-II Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he went 54-10 (.844) in his two seasons there. He is also the all-time wins leader at Iowa Western Community College (191-65 in eight seasons) prior to his stint at CSU-Pueblo.
Turgeon and his entire staff (except for Director Basketball Operations David Pennewell) have now been removed from the women’s basketball roster on DU’s website, as well as in the Pioneers’ athletic staff directory. Turgeon’s top lieutenant, Kayla Ard, recently left DU to assume the head coaching role at Utah State.