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Mark Turgeon

Age: 46

Born: Topeka, Kan.

College: Kansas (1987, bachelor's degree in personnel administration). Played for Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown from 1984 to 1987 and became the first player in Jayhawks history to appear in four straight NCAA tournaments. The point guard led the team to a 108-33 record under Brown and to an appearance in the 1986 Final Four. He was team captain his final two years.

Assistant coaching career: He served as an assistant coach at Kansas for five seasons, first under Brown (1987-88) and then Roy Williams (1988-1992). He moved to Oregon and coached under Jerry Green the next five seasons before rejoining Brown with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers for the 1997-98 season.

Head coaching career: After his one season in the NBA, Turgeon took over Jacksonville State's program, going 25-29 in two seasons, including 17-11 in 1999-2000. He left for Wichita State, where he went 128-90 in seven years and made one NCAA tournament appearance, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2005-06 with a 26-9 record. After a 17-14 season, he was hired by Texas A&M. In four seasons, he made the NCAA tournament each year and went 97-40. His team reached the second round in his first three seasons and was knocked out in the first round this past season. He is the only coach in Texas A&M history to lead the Aggies to four straight NCAA tournaments. His career head coaching record is 249-158, and he has led his teams to seven 20-win seasons in the past eight years.

Personal: He is married to the former Ann Fowler of Chicago. They have two sons, William Harris and Leo, and a daughter, Ella.

Source: Texas A&M website

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