M.K. Turk

Born: May 20, 1942

Died: Dec. 6, 2013

Hometown: Bardwell, KY

Year of Induction: 2005


High School Career

Carlisle County High School, Bardwell, KY (1957-1960)

College Career

Copiah-Lincoln Junior College (1960-1962)

• All State JUCO player, team captain

Livingston University, Livingston, AL (1963-1964)

• Led team in scoring, All Tournament Team

• All Alabama Collegiate Conference

• Most Outstanding Athlete & Most Valuable Player

• Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities


Professional Career

Graduate assistant coach, Livingston University team record 15-9 (1964-1965)
Head basketball coach, assistant football coach, Cobb County High School, Cobb County, GA (1965-1967)
Assistant coach, Livingston University, (1967-1968)
Head basketball coach and athletic director Copiah-Lincoln Junior College (1968-1974)

• MS JUCO titles (’73, ‘74)

• 3rd in the nation, Region VII champions (’73)

• NJCAA Regional Coach of the Year (’73)

Assistant coach, Memphis State (1974-1976)
Head basketball coach Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (1976-1996)

• Six NIT appearances

• NIT Championship, the first national hoops crown for any Mississippi Division 1A school (’87)

• Metro Conference regular season championship (’91)

• Back to back NCAA appearances (’90, ‘91)

• Top 25 national ranking (’91)

• Metro Conference Tournament title (’95)

• Metro Conference Coach of the year (’86)

• NIT Coach of the Year (’87)

• Coach of the Year by the Mississippi Sportswriters (’91)


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Livingston University Athletic Hall of Fame (1981)

• Copiah-Lincoln CC Athletic Hall of Fame (1987)

• Southern Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame (1991)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2005)

Did You Know?

Coach Turk would lead the Southern Miss program into national prominence as his teams racked up a mark of 301-266 in 20 seasons. He is the winningest coach in school history and accomplished what no Southern Miss coach had been able to achieve: back to back trips to the NCAA Tournament and the NIT Championship.