Head Coach, University of West Alabama
NCAA Division II
Tabitha Turner made an immediate impact in her first season as the head women's volleyball coach at the University of West Alabama. With an overall record of 30-8, she spearheaded the Tigers to a share of the Gulf South Conference East Division title for the first time in school history. The Tigers went on to a runner-up showing in the GSC Tournament, falling just short of capturing its first tournament tile in the program's history. Turner was named a 2009 Co-Gulf South Conference East Division Coach of the Year, as a result of her efforts.
As an assistant coach in 2008, Turner was instrumental in UWA's 22-11 season and second-straight trip to the Gulf South Conference Tournament. Turner arrived at the school after serving as an assistant volleyball coach at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C. The Sea Devils finished 18-5 overall and 16-4 in the Carolinas Junior College Conference in 2007.
Turner, whose father is an athletics director in North Carolina, aspires to "win conference championships and make the postseason every year; and also to develop young ladies on and off the court to prepare them for a life after athletics."