Fourth-year USC head men's volleyball coach Turhan Douglas, one of the sport's top young coaches, was promoted to that position in May of 2002 after serving the previous 3 seasons (2000-02) as a Trojan assistant.
His 2005 Trojans, who saw 4 starters sidelined by injuries for a portion of the season, were 7-23 overall (3-19 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for 11th place) in his third year at Troy.
In his second year at USC, his 2004 Trojans managed just a 6-23 mark (4-18 in the MPSF for an 11th place tie). But USC posted wins over defending NCAA champ Lewis and then No. 6-ranked Cal State Northridge. His team also held 2-0 leads in 4 matches (including versus eventual NCAA champ BYU and Pepperdine, ranked first and sixth at the time) but couldn't pull out victories.
In 2003 in his first year as Troy's head coach, he inherited a team that had won only 6 matches. His debut squad could only match that total--struggling to a 6-25 overall record (2-20 in the MPSF for an 11th place finish)--but there was a marked improvement in team spirit and morale...and much optimism for the program's future. Among the wins were back-to-back upsets over eventual NCAA champion Lewis, ranked No. 4 at the time, and then-No. 6 Cal State Northridge.
The 36-year-old Douglas, who replaced Pat Powers, already had exhibited his head coaching ability at USC before being promoted. When Powers missed USC's home match against BYU in 2001 to be with his ill mother, Douglas stepped in and directed the Trojans to a 3-1 upset over the top-ranked, undefeated Cougars (BYU went on to win the NCAA title).
Douglas was a successful junior college and club coach before he came to USC for the 2000 season.
He was the men's head coach at Pierce Junior College in Woodland Hills (Calif.) for 2 seasons (1998-99) and guided his squad to the South Coast Conference title both years while going 43-9. His 1999 team was the state runner-up and he was named the conference's Coach of the Year. He also was the head coach of Pierce's women's team for 6 seasons (1993-98). Between his men's and women's teams, he produced more than a dozen Division I players.
He also spent 6 years (1996-2001) as the director and coach of the Santa Monica (Calif.) Beach Club. In 1998, his team won the USA Junior Olympics Boys 17-and-Under championship.
He was an assistant with the Santa Monica Junior College men's team for 4 years (1992-95).
Douglas was a reserve middle blocker on the 1991 Long Beach State team that won the NCAA title (defeating USC in the final). He also played 2 seasons at Pierce (1987-88). The 1987 Pierce squad won the state crown and the 1988 team was the state runner-up (he made All-Conference first team in 1988).
He received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1995.
He prepped at Westchester High in Los Angeles (Calif.).
He was born on Sept. 25, 1969. He and his wife, Cheryl, have 4 children: Turhan III, 10, 8-year-old twins Hannah and Hunter, and Harrison, 1.