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Independence CC Names New Women's Basketball Coach


Independence Community College has named its new Women's Basketball coach for the upcoming season. The Pirates will be led by 20-year head coaching veteran Jim Turgeon.


Turgeon is coming off of a 3-year stint at NCAA Division I Denver University.  Under his leadership, the Pioneers recorded a 42-39 record and won their first WNIT in program history. Before taking over at Denver, Turgeon coached for Colorado State University – Pueblo (NCAA DII), Iowa Western Community College (NJCAA), and Dodge City Community College (NJCAA).


The Pirates' new head coach is a Kansas native, born in Topeka along with his three sisters and brother. He has two children, Thomas and Taylor, with his wife, Tracey. Turgeon comes from a family of coaches, including his brother Mark, who is currently the head Men's Basketball coach at the University of Maryland. His son, Thomas, is an assistant to the Women’s Basketball program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. His father coached at Hayden High School in Topeka.


Turgeon is replacing former ICC women's coach Leslie Crane, who left the program after the 2019-20 season. The Pirates finished 19-10, 13-8 in Jayhawk Conference play, and were bounced out in the region quarterfinals after a loss to Hutchinson.

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