Ron Turner



Ron Turner - Head Coach - FIU Football

Ron Turner was named FIU’s head football coach on January 4, 2013, bringing with him an outstanding resume from coaching at the collegiate and professional levels.

Entering his second season with the Panthers, Turner’s 37 years in coaching have included nine as a head coach with Illinois and San Jose State. During his 24 previous seasons in college football, Turner's career was highlighted with participation in eight bowl games: Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Aloha, Citrus and Micron PC.

After he led an impressive turnaround at the University of Illinois, which resulted in the school's 2001 Big Ten championship, the league unanimously voted him that season's Big Ten Coach of the Year.

In 12 seasons coaching in the National Football League, Turner spent the majority of those seasons with the Chicago Bears, in addition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts.

His NFL resume includes being named the 1995 Pro Football Weekly Assistant Coach of the Year; four playoff appearances; Offensive Coordinator during the Bears' 2006 NFC Championship and Super Bowl season; an assistant with the Colts' 2010 AFC South title team; quarterbacks coach with a 2012 Tampa Bay squad that netted team records for total yards, passing yards and passing touchdowns.

Prior to becoming FIU's third all-time head football coach last January, Turner the previous season with the Buccaneers where he coached quarterback Josh Freeman to franchise records in passing yards (4,065) and passing touchdowns (27). In just one season with the Bucs, Turner helped Tampa Bay amass team records in total yards (5,820) and total points scored (389).

Turner spent the two previous seasons with the Colts coaching quarterbacks in 2011 and wide receivers in 2010.

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