Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach
David Turner, a 16-year veteran of the collegiate
coaching ranks, will coach the Vanderbilt defensive line.
Turner will also fill the important role of recruiting coordinator
for Commodore Head Coach Bobby Johnson.
The native of Goldston, North Carolina comes
to Vanderbilt from the University of Minnesota where he coached
the Gopher defensive ends in 2001.
Before accepting the Big Ten position, Turner
served as defensive tackles and linebackers coach at the University
of Virginia. He also served as a special teams co-coordinator
during his final year at Virginia.
Turner is a graduate of Davidson College in
North Carolina. He was a three-time varsity letterman as a
He began coaching as an assistant at his alma
mater. In 1988, he moved to North Carolina State, serving
two years as a graduate assistant before spending a year as
defensive line coach at Indiana (Pa.) University. From 1991-92,
Turner served as outside linebackers coach at James Madison,
helping the Dukes to a 9-4 record and berth in the I-AA playoffs.
Turner returned to the NCAA Division I ranks
in 1993, serving two seasons as defensive ends coach at the
University of Kentucky. In 1995, he returned to North Carolina
State, coaching defensive ends and linebackers.
Turner joined the Virginia staff in 1997.
Turner earned a bachelorís degree in sociology from Davidson
Turner is married to the former Yvette Modica.
They are the parents of two daughters, Bianca and Alexy.