Prior to his time at Limestone, Turk spent nine seasons at the University of South Carolina where he worked his way up through the ranks. He started as a student manager with the Gamecocks, then became an offensive intern and quarterbacks coach with Steve Spurrier, and eventually was named assistant director of recruiting on Will Muschamp’s staff. “Brian is a wonderful coach, an excellent mentor, and a loving family man,” Spurrier said. “He was a big part of our success at South Carolina. We had some great seasons with him on staff and were able to win a couple of big bowl games. Brian will do tremendous things as the head football coach at Limestone, and I wish him and the football program all the best.” Before helping South Carolina land back-to-back top-20 recruiting classes, Turk spent four seasons as a graduate assistant coach and offensive analyst on Spurrier’s staff. He worked with the quarterbacks during this time, including Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson. “I’m really excited for Brian and his wife Kendra,” Shaw noted. “They are incredible people. Brian was instrumental in the success we had as a quarterback unit at USC. He has a broad knowledge of the game, but the most impressive thing about him is how he invests and believes in his players. He’ll be a tremendous leader for the Limestone football program. The Shaws are all now Saints fans.”
Overall during Turk’s tenure, South Carolina posted three straight 11-win seasons – a first in program history – and he coached in four straight New Year’s Day bowl games. Prior to his time at Carolina, he was an assistant varsity football coach at Ben Lippen High School in Columbia. Turk graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Entertainment Management. “Brian did a fantastic job for us at South Carolina during my first year, and he will make a great head coach,” said current Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp. “Limestone College is very fortunate to have him.” Limestone will play an 11-game schedule in 2019 that will feature eight South Atlantic Conference games and five home contests. The slate will also include four NCAA Division II playoff teams from a year ago. The Saints will start the season at the University of West Alabama on Saturday, September 7, and then play their first home game the following week against West Georgia. Visit www.golimestonesaints.com for season ticket information. ■ (Limestone College Sports Information contributed to this article.)
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