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March 28, 2014

Turnbull’s contract won’t be renewed

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University director of athletics Oliver Luck announced Friday that Craig Turnbull’s contract as head wrestling coach will not be renewed for next season.

“Craig has spent the last 36 years as the head of the Mountaineer wrestling program, and we appreciate his many years of service to West Virginia University,” Luck said. “He took over at the helm of the WVU wrestling program in 1979 after serving as an assistant coach here under Fred Liechti, coaching hundreds of Mountaineer wrestlers along the way. We wish him the best.”

Turnbull guided the Mountaineers to a 287-214-9 career record. This season, the Mountaineers posted an 11-7 overall record and an 0-3 mark in the Big 12.

Turnbull coached five individual national champions, 26 of the program’s 29 All-Americans, 42 Eastern Wrestling League champions and more than 160 NCAA qualifiers.

Under Turnbull, Greg Jones, now his associate head coach, won three national titles. Dean Morrison and Scott Collins also won national titles under Turnbull.

He is the seventh winningest active coach in the NCAA with 276 dual meet victories.

A national search for a new wrestling coach at WVU will begin immediately.

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