mbanks@comporium.net March 31, 2011 

— Turner dropping interim coaching title

Nation Ford High School athletic director Brian Turner is dropping the tag of interim coach.

Turner will once again be a head basketball coach and is moving into the Nation Ford boys basketball position full time.

Turner took over the reins for the team after former coach Donnie Holland was dismissed mid-season. Turner helped to right a sinking ship by turning the season around and winning the Region 4-AAA title.

Principal Beverley Bowman said she was happy Turner is going to coach full time. He informed the team of his decision on Tuesday.

“I am super excited,” she said. “I think our season speaks for itself. I am excited he is going to come back. The kids are excited as well.”

Holland was dismissed after two holiday tournaments in December, allowing Turner, who was serving as an assistant coach to take over the team as interim head coach. Nation Ford was 6-5 after the tournaments and dropped to 6-8 before rebounding to finish the season at 14-10. The Falcons made the playoffs, but fell in the first round.

With Turner guiding the ship, Nation Ford pulled off what a lot of people thought was a shocker – beating Fort Mill twice to sweep the season series.

Turner said he didn’t want to jump into making a decision right after the season about his future with the team.

“Sometimes life presents you with opportunities too good to turn down,” he said. “It wasn’t something I thought I would be doing this time last year. But once I got back into it, I found out I really did miss it. The kids have as much to do with it as anything. I feel like we got a chance to do something special.”

Turner will be the third coach in the school’s four-year history, behind Holland and Artie Moore.

“They (the team) deserve some stability,” he said. “But the decision had to be the right one for my family. I wanted to make sure I was doing it for all the right reasons.”

Turner has served as athletic director since the school opened four-years ago and is also the boy’s golf coach. Last season wasn’t the first he has filled in as head coach. In 2008, Turner took over the varsity girls basketball team and guided it to a region title. Frank Snider took over in 2009.

Before coming to Nation Ford, Turner was a teacher and coach at Fort Mill High School. From 1997-2003, he was the boys basketball coach and compiled a 90-70 record.

Turner came to Fort Mill from Traveler’s Rest, where he was the varsity boys basketball coach two seasons. He was an assistant at Clover for eight years before that.

Turner said he wasn’t worried about wearing multiple hats.

“The winter sports have the least amount of teams,” he said. “It’s not quite the time constraints that you have to worry about like in other seasons.”

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