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Story By: Andrew Lang
After another disappointing loss to Virginia Tech, fans started to question whether Terps Head Coach Mark Turgeon had what it takes to continue to lead this Terps team.. well today we got our answer as the Terps announced that the University and Turgeon had mutually agreed to part ways after 11 seasons in College Park.
“After a series of conversations with Coach Turgeon, we agreed that a coaching change was the best move for Coach Turgeon and for the Maryland Men’s Basketball program,” Maryland athletic director Damon Evans said. “He has dedicated over a decade of his life to the University of Maryland, and has coached with distinction and honor. He leaves College Park as the 2020 Big Ten Conference champion and with more than 225 victories. He’s a great coach and a great person, and I wish Mark, his wife Ann and his entire family all the best in the next chapter of their lives.”
The university announced a contract extension for Turgeon through the 2025-26 season in April after some speculation that he may be interested in moving on. He finishes his tenure 221-113 in 10 full seasons and was one month into his 11th season as Maryland’s coach before stepping down.
“After several in depth conversations with Damon, I have decided that the best thing for Maryland Basketball, myself and my family is to step down, effective immediately, as the head coach of Maryland Basketball,” Turgeon said. “I have always preached that Maryland Basketball is bigger than any one individual. My departure will enable a new voice to guide the team moving forward.”