FORMER USC ASSISTANT COACH BRIAN TURK READY TO LEAD LIMESTONE FOOTBALL IN 2019 new, albeit familiar face, will be guiding Limestone College’s football team as the Saints prepare to take the field for their sixth season. Brian Turk, who served as the interim head coach for the final two games of the 2018 campaign, was named the head coach soon after, and he has hit the ground running by adding several new assistants and putting together a solid recruiting class. Turk served as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for Limestone in 2017, and was promoted to offensive coordinator last season, calling the plays for Limestone in all 10 games. “Coach Turk has proven that he is capable of moving the program in the right direction,” said Limestone’s Vice President for Intercollegiate
Athletics Mike Cerino. “He is a young and energetic coach who already has a solid recruiting background in South Carolina, and I believe he is the perfect coach to provide consistency and stability with this program. He brings a spirit of competitiveness to the team, both on the field of play and in the classroom.” In his first season with the Saints, Turk helped mentor running back Jerko’ya Patton (Charlotte, North Carolina) during his 2017 SAC Offensive Freshman of the Year Campaign. Patton guided a Limestone rushing attack that averaged 133.3 yards per game with 907 rushing yards as a rookie. Turk is taking over a program that went winless in 2018, but he feels confident the Saints learned some valuable life lessons along the way.
LIMESTONE TODAY MAGAZINE | SUMMER 2019
BY CHARLES WYATT
“After the season, I told our players that life is about so much more than football,” Turk explained. “What our seniors learned over the past four or five years, what the players learned over those last 10 games – the struggle and the fight – that will just make them better husbands, fathers, citizens, employees, and employers going forward. You learn so much more from the valleys than you do from the mountain tops. “We’ve got a great program,” he added. “The kids are going to get a great education and play some great football. We’re going to be aggressive in all phases of the game. In football today, teams that are trying to dictate the tempo and how the game is being played are the most successful. Defensively, we’re going to play fast, be physical, and be great tacklers.”
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