In his first public comments since stepping down as Maryland men’s basketball coach last December, Mark Turgeon said he was “extremely burnt out” when he left the program.
Turgeon told Rick Peterson of TopSports.news, a site that covers sports in Topeka, Kansas, that he had coached for a long time and is content with his career. When asked about a possible return to coaching, he said the door is “mostly closed.”
“It’s 98% closed but you don’t ever want to say it’s 100% closed,’’ said Turgeon, who coached at Maryland for 10-plus seasons before stepping down on Dec. 3, 2021.
Turgeon said he promised his wife that he would take a full year off before potentially returning to the sport in some capacity.
“Whether I coach again we’ll see, but it’s not where I’m thinking I absolutely have to do it,” he said. “It’s something that if the right thing comes along and at the right time, and it’s the best thing for my family, we’ll do it. Otherwise, I’m content with my career. I had a good career, I had a lot of fun doing it.”
Turgeon went 226-116 and made five NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2015-16, coaching the Terps. He is 476-275 overall as a head coach.
But Turgeon shocked the Maryland community when he stepped down eight months after signing a three-year, $17 million contract extension through the 2025-26 season. The Terps, who entered the season with high hopes, were a disappointing 5-3 when former assistant Danny Manning stepped in as interim coach, guiding the team through a turbulent season to 15-17 record.
In March, Maryland hired former Iona and Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard, who has rejuvenated the program in his first year. The Terps are 8-0 and ranked No. 13 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll after beating then-No. 16 Illinois, 71-66, on Friday night.