Huntington, Ind.— Huntington College Athletic Director Gary Turner was selected as the 2002-2003 NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Region VIII Athletic Director of the Year.
“Gary Turner is an enthusiastic supporter and active participant in the Mid-Central Conference (MCC),” said Huntington College President G. Blair Dowden. “He eagerly shares ideas and strives for the growth and development of the Conference. He understands the MCC’s guiding principles and works diligently to further those goals.”
Turner joined the Huntington College staff in August, 2001. He came to HC from Central Christian College in Kansas where he served as Athletic Director, a faculty member in the Physical Education department and head coach of several different athletic teams over the years.
Turner has a bachelor of science degree from Greenville College in Greenville, Ill., and a master of science degree in athletic administration from Western Illinois University (WIU). During his college years at Greenville, Turner was an outstanding tennis player and while earning his graduate degree at WIU, he was men's head tennis coach. In addition to his athletic director responsibilities at Huntington College, Turner serves as head men’s and women’s tennis coach.
"Although Gary is only in his third year at Huntington College, he has balanced many challenges with his dedication to academic achievement along with athletic excellence,” said Steve Platt, head men’s basketball coach at HC. “He has been genuinely student-focused. Gary is a strong supporter of the NAIA ‘Champions of Character’ initiative that emphasizes awareness, education, community involvement and integrity.”
As the Region VIII award recipient, Turner is automatically nominated for the NAIA National Athletic Director of the Year honor, which will be announced at the NAIA National Convention in March, 2004. Region VIII member schools include Bethel College, Goshen College, Grace College, Huntington College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marian College, University of St. Francis, Taylor University, Tri-State University, Indiana Institute of Technology, and Indiana University-Northwest in Indiana; Aquinas College, Concordia College, Madonna University, Siena Heights University, Spring Arbor University and Davenport University in Michigan; and the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.
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