Dave Turgeon is in his fourth season as the Hokies’ associate head coach and pitching coach. He arrived in Blacksburg by way of Duke University, and in addition to several coaching stints in both college and the minor leagues, he also had an extensive playing career that traveled him around the globe.
Turgeon was the first staff member named by head coach Pete Hughes. The two are not strangers, however, as Turgeon coached under Hughes at Boston College, and the two were teammates during their collegiate playing days at Davidson College.
“Dave has been an unbelievable asset in carrying on the winning tradition of Hokie baseball,” said Hughes. “In his seven years at the college level, he has become one of the most respected recruiters and evaluators in the country. Also, Dave will get the best out of our pitching staff. Instructionally and being able to motivate on a daily basis, he is the best I’ve ever been around.”
Tech’s staff ERA has lowered in each of Turgeon’s previous three seasons in Blacksburg, while walk totals have dropped and strikeout numbers have increased. He helped Rhett Ballard rise to fourth on Tech’s all-time strikeout list before seeing him get drafted in 2009 by the Colorado Rockies.
Turgeon was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Duke University during the 2006 season. He spent the 2005 and 2004 seasons as the associate head coach/pitching coach at the University of Connecticut and oversaw the pitching staff and recruiting for Hughes at Boston College during the 2002-03 academic year.
While a member of the BC staff, Turgeon worked directly with current Detroit Tigers pitcher Chris Lambert, who was the St. Louis Cardinals’ first-round draft pick and the 19th overall selection in 2004. During his tenures at Boston College and UConn, both teams saw their earned run averages drop and they both set records for wins.
Turgeon has an extensive background as both a player and manager in the professional ranks to go with his collegiate coaching experience.
Prior to joining the staff at Boston College, Turgeon enjoyed a 13-year professional playing career – the first five in the field, where he advanced to the AA level, and the last eight as a pitcher, where he rose to the AAA level. He then managed and coached three years in the Cleveland Indians organization.
From 1987-90, Turgeon was an infielder in the New York Yankees system and played for both Stump Merrill and Buck Showalter. From 1991-1999, he played in Holland (1991), France (1992), Taiwan (1993-96, 1998) and Mexico (1997-99). In 1998, he returned to the United States and played for the Rochester Red Wings, the Baltimore Orioles’ Class AAA affiliate.
During his professional playing days, Turgeon was a three-time all-star selection in Taiwan. He also captured 1998 Player of the Year honors with the Reynosa Broncos, a Class AAA team in the Mexican League.
After concluding his playing career, Turgeon served in various coaching capacities with the Indians. He managed the Burlington Indians of the Appalachian League in 2000 and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League the following season. In 2002, Turgeon worked at the Indians’ extended spring training in Winter Haven, Fla.
The Groton, Conn., native is a 1987 graduate of Davidson College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. Turgeon was a three-time All-Southern Conference selection at third base for the Wildcats. He earned all-region honors his senior year, when one of his teammates was freshman Pete Hughes. In 2005, Turgeon was inducted into the Wildcat Hall of Fame, and in 2006, he was inducted into the St. Bernard High School Hall of Fame in Uncasville, Conn.
Turgeon is one of four in his family to have played professional baseball. His brother, Steve, played in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, while his other brother, Mike, was a minor league player of the year and batting champ with the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants organizations. His nephew, Erik, is currently a pitcher in the New York Mets’ system.
Turgeon and his wife, Theresa, have four children; Calli, Allisa, Christian and Francesca.