|Title:||Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach|
|College:||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 oversees 16 varsity programs and will help the athletic department transition into the USA South Athletic Conference in the fall of 2013.
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 a 57-30 record. In nine seasons he has guided the program to its first win (2004), first winning season (2005), first playoff appearance (2009) and first regular-season national ranking (2012).
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.
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 6-3, 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 picked up their first two wins against nationally ranked opponents during the 2011 season. Huntingdon beat then-14th-ranked Hampden-Sydney 34-27 on Sept. 24 and knocked off then-11th-ranked Wittenberg 38-20 on Oct. 8.
The season also marked Huntingdon's first following the renovation of Charles Lee Field at Samford Stadium. The field's new artificial turf is part of Huntingdon's ongoing commitment to provide the best facilities for its student-athletes.
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. Both seasons set the school's record for victories in a season.
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.
As a unit, Turk's teams have flourished both locally and nationally. In the 2006 recap written by D3football.com, Keith McMillan listed Huntingdon as the nation's best independent saying: "Huntingdon is taking the steps to get legitimate Top 25 and playoff consideration by playing in 2006 at Ithaca and Millsaps, and hosting Wesley and Trinity (Texas). All of those teams won at least seven games in a conference."
Several individuals have also been recognized for their performances under the leadership of Turk.
Senior defensive lineman D.J. Chappell became the first Hawk to earn first-team All-American honors in 2012. Chappell was named All-America by the American Football Coaches Association and All-American by D3football.com. Chappell was named an honorable mention All-American by D3football.com in 2011.
Chappell, a first-team All-South Region selection in 2011 and 2012, is one of eight Huntingdon players to earn All-Region recognition from D3.football.com or Don Hansen's Football Gazette since 2006. In 2005, cornerback Jamaal Jemison garnered the same honor and was selected a preseason All-Division III player by Lindy'spreseason 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 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 29 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' third all-time leading rusher with 2,533 yards and holds the record for rushing yards by a quarterback. His 32 career rushing touchdowns ranks second 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 second 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. Joining Turk in the class was former three-time consensus All-American linebacker Ronald McKinnon (University of North Alabama) and Earl Dotson, an All-American offensive lineman from Texas A&M-Kingsville. Both McKinnon and Dotson enjoyed lengthy careers in the National Football League.
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
2012: 6-3 (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)