Turgeon Completes Coaching Staff
Four new faces join Denver women’s basketball coaching staff going into the 2017-18 season
April 26, 2017
DENVER – University of Denver head women’s basketball coach Jim Turgeon announced Wednesday the hiring of his full staff.
Kayla Ard will join Turgeon as the Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, while Tommie Johnson and Terra Moyers have been named assistant coaches. Adam Gleason joins the DU staff as the Director of Basketball Operations.
“I feel fortunate to put this group of coaches together because I think we covered a lot of dynamics that will make a well-rounded coaching staff,” said Turgeon. “I believe they will fit in great with the DU family and the Denver community as well.”
Ard comes to Denver after spending the past two seasons at the University of Dayton where she served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Prior to her two-year stint at Dayton, Ard was an assistant coach at Clemson for two seasons.
“We feel so fortunate to have Kayla join our staff,” said Turgeon. “She has had some great experiences at the NCAA DI level that will definitely raise the level of our women's basketball program. Her background in recruiting quality student-athletes at the highest level will be something our fans will be proud of. If she is not already, she will be a star in our profession.”
Adding to her basketball resume, Ard spent time at Pensacola State College (Fla.) where she was a standout recruiter, signing three Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Americans. Ard recruited multiple athletes who moved on to Division I, earning scholarships in conferences including the BIG EAST, SEC, Pac-12 and the Colonial Athletic Conference.
Johnson most recently was the head coach of the Sand Creek High School girl’s basketball team in Colorado Springs, Colo. where he spent one season.
Johnson had two athletes voted to the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference (PPAC) All-League team this past year.
Prior to Sand Creek High School, Johnson made a stop at New Mexico Junior College, and spent eight seasons as the top assistant on the Colorado State University-Pueblo men’s basketball coaching staff as the key recruiter. Additionally, Johnson has spent time at Colorado College, Cheyenne Mountain High School (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and was active in both boy’s and girl’s AAU basketball in the state of Colorado.
“Tommie is well connected in Colorado and Texas and that will really help us in recruiting in our backyard,” said Turgeon. “Tommie is a hard worker that excels in developing relationships with coaches, players and families. He is a talented coach that has a strength in player development.”
Coming along with Turgeon from CSU-Pueblo is Moyers, who spent the last four years coaching under Turgeon.
During those last two years, Moyers assisted in leading the Thunderwolves to an impressive 54-10 (.843) record from 2015-17, including a school record 28 wins in 2016-17.
Moyers also spent time with Turgeon at Iowa Western Community College for two seasons. Prior to that she served as an assistant coach at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb.
Added Turgeon, “Not only is Terra a good basketball coach but she is an even a better person. She will represent our women's basketball program and our University with class and integrity. In working with her over the past four years at my previous spots, Terra has made me a better coach.”
Rounding out Turgeon’s staff is Director of Basketball Operations, Adam Gleason.
Gleason comes to DU from Oklahoma State University where he spent time on the women’s basketball staff as a graduate assistant. Prior to his graduate assistant role, Gleason was the student manager for the Cowgirls and worked for two seasons as a recruiting intern with the OSU football team.
“Adam came highly recommended by coaches that I know well and respect,” said Turgeon. “After meeting with him I'm confident that everything that was said about him is true. He will be a team player with an outstanding work ethic.”
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