|Title:||Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach|
|Education:||M.S., Education, Troy State University; B.S., Physical Education, Troy State University|
Mike Turk became Huntingdon College's second head football coach in May 2004 and added the title of Director of Athletics in March 2013.
As Director of Athletics, Turk helped the Hawks transition to the USA South Athletic Conference during the 2013-14 school year. With the addition of sand volleyball during the 2015-16 school year, he oversees 16 varsity programs for Huntingdon.
As a football coach, Turk has been at the helm for every win in program history. Arriving on the heels of Huntingdon's winless first season (0-7 in 2003), he has turned the program into a consistent winner with an 80-38 record. In 12 seasons he has guided the program to its first win (2004), first winning season (2005), first playoff appearance (2009), first regular-season national ranking (2012), first conference championship (2015) and first playoff victory (2015).
During his first season, Turk led the Hawks to a 4-5 record, including the program's first victory, a 35-21 win against Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Huntingdon was 7-2 during Turk's second season, the first winning record for a Huntingdon team. The Hawks have not had a losing season since.
In 2015, Turk earned USA South Coach of the Year honors as Huntingdon put together the most successful season in the 13-year history of the program. The Hawks were unbeaten in the USA South, won their first conference title and advanced to the NCAA Division III playoffs for just the second time. The team also set school records for points scored in a season (482) and for wins in a season with a 10-2 record.
Huntingdon's 38-27 win over Hendrix College in the first round marked the first playoff win in program history. Huntingdon won nine straight games, tying the program's longest winning streak, before falling to 10th-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor in the second round. The Hawks finished the season ranked 24th in the final American Football Coaches Association poll and No. 25 in the final D3football.com poll, marking the first time Huntingdon has been ranked in both polls at the same time.
In 2014, Huntingdon was 7-3 and finished as the runner-up in the USA South Athletic Conference with a 6-2 conference record. The Hawks turned in another strong offensive season, averaging 476.6 yards of total offense per game and 37.3 points per game.
Huntingdon completed its first season as a member of the USA South in 2013. The Hawks were 7-3 and set a then-Division III season record for total offense per game with 585.8 yards per game. In addition to setting the school record for total offense with 5,858 yards, the team also set the school record for passing offense (3,447 yards).
The 2012 team became the first Huntingdon team to enter the regular-season national rankings. A 24-21 win over then 21st-ranked Hampden-Sydney propelled the Hawks into the rankings at No. 24. Huntingdon was ranked for seven weeks and climbed as high as 16th. The Hawks, who finished the season 5-3, were ranked in the Top-20 for the final four weeks of their season.
In 2011, Huntingdon boasted the toughest strength of schedule in Division III and finished 7-3. All three losses were against ranked opponents or opponents that were ranked during the course of the season. The Hawks also picked up their first two wins against nationally ranked opponents during the 2011 season.
Huntingdon posted a 6-4 mark in 2010. The two seasons before, Turk led Huntingdon to back-to-back 8-2 records in 2008 and 2009.
The 2009 team was the first Huntingdon squad to earn a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. As a result, Huntingdon earned a No. 23 ranking in the 2010 USA Today Sports Weekly Football Preview Special Edition.
The 2008 team outscored opponents 417-158 and rewrote the school record for total offense in a game on three occasions. The 2007 Hawks won four of their final five games to finish 5-5. Huntingdon was 6-4 in 2006, with three losses against nationally ranked teams.
Several individuals have also been recognized for their performances under the leadership of Turk. A total of five Hawks have earned All-American recognition since 2011 and 15 players have earned All-Region honors since 2005.
Senior defensive lineman D.J. Chappell became the first Hawk to earn first-team All-American honors in 2012. Chappell was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team, the D3football.com All-American team and the AP Little All-America team. Chappell was named an honorable mention All-American by D3football.com in 2011.
In 2014, seniors Jeremy Murphy and Zach Brownell were recognized on the D3football.com All-American teams. Murphy earned second-team All-American honors as a special teams selection and linebacker Zach Brownell, the Hawks' first USA South Defensive Player of the Year, was an honorable mention All-American.
In 2015, senior defensive back Anthony White and senior defensive lineman Heath McCray each earned honorable mention All-American honors from D3.football.com. White, the USA South Defensive Player of the Year, was also named second-team AP Little All-America.
Chappell, a first-team All-South Region selection in 2011 and 2012, is one of six Huntingdon players to earn first-team All-Region recognition. In addition to Chappell, McCray (2015) Brownell (2014), Murphy (2014) and receiver Mark Colson (2006) were each named first-team All-South. In 2005, cornerback Jamaal Jemison garnered the same honor and was selected a preseason All-Division III player by Lindy's preseason annual.
Following a stellar career with the Hawks, receiver Cody Pearcy signed a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons in the spring of 2012. Pearcy was one of four Hawks to earn preseason All-American status from 2010-2012.
Chappell was named first-team preseason All-American in 2012 and running back Trevor Manuel was named second-team preseason All-American in 2012. Pearcy and defensive back Keith Anthony both received preseason All-American recognition entering the 2011 season. Anthony also received preseason second-team All-American recognition before the 2010 season.
In 2015, offensive lineman Chael Pridgen, a second-team selection as a senior and a third-team selection as a sophomore and junior, became the Hawks' first three-time All-Region selection. That same season, Pridgen and White became the first three-time, first-team All-Conference selections in Huntingdon history.
During its first three seasons in the USA South, Huntingdon has produced two Defensive Players of the Year (Brownell and White), one Defensive Rookie of the Year (Trey Hayes) 29 All-Conference selections and 82 USA South All-Academic selections.
In the lone season in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, 13 Hawks earned All-SLIAC honors, while seven student-athletes were named to the league's All-Academic squad. The Hawks have also had 45 players named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society since its inception in 2007.
A graduate of Jeff Davis High School in Montgomery, Turk was a walk-on quarterback for Troy State University in the spring of 1984. He became a prominent figure on the field and sideline for the Trojans during the next two decades.
Turk was a Troy assistant for 13 seasons before returning to his hometown roots. When he left Troy for Huntingdon, Turk had played or coached in 20 of the Trojans' 22 postseason games
While at Troy, Turk became one of the most decorated players in school history. He led the program to NCAA Division II national championships in 1984 and 1987. His teams were 40-8-1 in four seasons.
Turk was selected as an All-Conference performer in the Gulf South Conference three times and was runner-up for the prestigious Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the nation's top Division II performer. He was a consensus All-America selection as a senior and was named GSC Freshman of the Year in 1984.
Following his senior year, Turk was named the Division II Offensive Player of the Year by Football News. He was the first person to be chosen as the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Small College Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Year in the same season.
Turk is the Trojans' fifth all-time leading rusher with 2,533 yards and holds the record for rushing yards by a quarterback. His 32 career rushing touchdowns ranks third and is tops among Troy quarterbacks. Turk's 6,707 yards of career total offense ranks fourth and his 62 touchdowns responsible for (passing and rushing) are third all-time.
In the spring of 2012, Turk was one of 11 inducted into the inaugural Troy University Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition to his mark left in Troy, Turk was enshrined as a member of the ninth class of the NCAA Division II Football Hall of Fame in December of 2007.
As Troy's running backs coach, Turk was responsible for building one of the nation's most consistent running games. Three of his running backs (Eddie Coleman, Arrid Gregory and Joe Jackson) rushed for more than 2,000 career yards. In 1997, Jackson broke Turk's school record for career rushing touchdowns with 34. During his 12 seasons as running backs coach at Troy, Turk had nine players to earn all-conference honors.
Turk earned his undergraduate degree in physical education and a master's degree in education from Troy State.
He is married to the former Danielle Warren of Alexander City. They have two sons, Jimbo and Jake.
Turk’s Record at Huntingdon
2015: 10-2 (7-0 USA South) -- USA South champions; Hawks' first playoff win
2014: 7-3 (6-2 USA South)
2013: 7-3 (6-2 USA South) -- Hawks' first season in USA South
2012: 5-3 (Hawks earn first national ranking, ranked as high as 16th)
2011: 7-3 (Hawks' first two wins against nationally ranked competition)
2009: 8-2 (Hawks' first playoff appearance)
2005: 7-2 (Hawks' first winning season)