M.K. Turk

MK TurkBorn: 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.