Assistant Comes To The Hilltop After Final Four Run At Wichita State
K.T. Turner is in his third season (2015-16) as an assistant men's basketball coach at SMU after being named to the position by Head Coach Larry Brown on June 21, 2013. Turner came to the Hilltop after a Final Four run at Wichita State (2013) as a member of coach Gregg Marshall's staff.
In his second season (2014-15), SMU claimed the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles en route to reaching the NCAA Tournament. SMU finished the season 27-7 overall. The Mustangs went 15-3 in league play, clinching the outright league title (first since 1993) with a 67-62 win against Tulsa in a sold out Moody Coliseum on March 8. The team followed that by winning the AAC tournament title 62-54 over Connecticut. The Mustangs spent nine weeks in the AP and USA Today Top 25 and set home attendance records for a season (124,986) and average (6,944) while going 16-2 in Moody Coliseum. Nic Moore was named AP All-American Honorable Mention and AAC Player of the Year, Markus Kennedy was AAC Sixth Man of the Year and Most Outstading Player of the Championship, and Yanick Moreira was named the AAC’s Most Improved Player.
In his first season (2013-14), he helped lead the Mustangs into the national spotlight. The Mustangs went 27-10, earning a No. 1 seed in the NIT and eventually reaching the title game at Madison Square Garden in New York. SMU was in the top 25 in four of the last five regular season polls, being ranked for the first time since 1984-85. The Mustangs tied a program record with four wins over ranked teams and set a single-season home attendance record that included nine sellouts in the renovated Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs tied for the third-best turnaround in the nation, finishing with 12 more wins after a 15-17 record in 2012-13.
SMU finished tied for third in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference, going 12-6 with two wins over NCAA Champion Connecticut as well as wins over NCAA Tournament teams Cincinnati and Memphis. The Mustangs led the league and finished in the top-20 nationally in field goal percentage (48.3%, 18th NCAA) and field goal percentage defense (38.5%, 7th NCAA).
Prior to joining the staff at Wichita State, Turner worked one season as an assistant at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, serving as the program's primary recruiter. He spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Turner helped lead the Blue Dragons to a 52-12 record in two seasons and advanced to the Region VI semifinals in both years, marking the first time since the 2003-04 season that Hutchinson advanced that far in the playoffs.
After stints at Redlands Community College and Panola (Texas) Junior College, Turner joined the staff at Northern Arizona for the 2007-08 season. He helped coach the Lumberjacks to a 21-11 season with a 12-4 record in Big Sky play. After a season at Northern Arizona, he served as an assistant at Cowley College, helping guide the team to a 29-5 mark and a trip to the Region VI title game.
Turner began his collegiate playing career at Hutchinson C.C., where he was an all-conference player in 1997-98 and 1998-99. He led the Blue Dragons to a 50-14 record in two seasons, advancing to the Region VI semifinals once. After a season at UT-Arlington, Turner finished his collegiate career at Oklahoma City University, where he later earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 2003. He helped the Stars reach the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Basketball Tournament and then played professionally for Benneton Treviso in Treviso, Italy, before joining the coaching ranks.
He and his wife, Cassaundra, have two children, Kelis and Kenneth III (Trey).