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Mark Turgeon out as Maryland men’s basketball head coach after over a decade at the helm

Maryland men’s basketball has a new head coach.

In a press release sent out on Friday, Maryland Athletics announced that Mark Turgeon, who coached Maryland men’s basketball since 2011, has mutually agreed to part ways with the program. Maryland has gotten off to a 5-3 start in 2021.

“After several in depth conversations with Damon, I have decided that the best thing for Maryland Basketball, myself and my family is to step down, effective immediately, as the head coach of Maryland Basketball,” Turgeon said in a press release. “I have always preached that Maryland Basketball is bigger than any one individual. My departure will enable a new voice to guide the team moving forward.

In ten seasons as head coach, Turgeon held a record of 226-116, also taking the Terps to the Sweet Sixteen in 2016. Maryland also won the Big Ten for the first time in the program’s history under Turgeon, claiming a share of first place in 2020.

“It has truly been an honor to be the men’s basketball coach at the University of Maryland,” Turgeon said.

Assistant Coach Danny Manning has been named interim head coach for the remainder of the season, beginning with Sunday’s matchup against Northwestern. He previously served as head coach for Wake Forest from 2014 to 2020, preceded by a two year stint as head coach at Tulsa.

“We are fortunate that Coach Turgeon has surrounded himself with an outstanding group of coaches,” athletic director Damon Evans said. “Coach Manning has been a head coach at the highest level and we have the utmost confidence in his abilities to lead this program.”

A national search for a new head coach will take place at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 season.