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What Matters to Me and Why: Coach Russell Turner (English)


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Recorded on May 14, 2014.


The 2013-14 series concludes Wednesday, May 14, with Russell Turner, head coach of UCI’s men’s basketball team. Coach Turner was named 2014 Big West Conference Coach of the Year and NABC District 9 Coach of the Year after leading the Anteaters to their first league regular-season title in 12 years and second consecutive 20-win season. He was named UCI’s head coach in 2010, after serving the previous six seasons as an assistant coach for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, following positions at Stanford University and Wake Forest University.


“What Matters to Me and Why” encourages reflection about values, beliefs and motivations in the lives of those who shape our university. The series explores personal journeys – choices made, difficulties encountered, commitments formed and joys revealed – with the hope that these stories will help us to understand diverse pathways in life, work and leadership. Such understandings are crucial for fortifying tolerance, strengthening bonds, and supporting the virtues that make UC Irvine a great institution.


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