Turhan Douglas Promoted To USC Men's Volleyball Interim Head Coach|
May 17, 2002
LOS ANGELES- Turhan Douglas, an assistant coach the past 3 seasons with the USC men's volleyball team, has been promoted to the Trojans' interim head coach, senior associate athletic director Daryl Gross announced today.
Douglas, 32, replaces Pat Powers, who resigned in April after 6 seasons at USC.
"We've had an eye on Turhan ever since he came to USC," said Gross. "We like his coaching style and philosophy, he knows the game well, he has impeccable character and he has the respect of the players. In his career, he has been a champion as a player and as a coach. We believe he'll do an outstanding job. He's a talented young coach and we like the idea of giving him the chance to prove himself at this level. After all, just two years ago, Jerritt Elliott was the interim head coach for our women's team and he brought them to the 2000 NCAA Final Four."
Said Douglas: "I'm real excited about the opportunity to coach USC and bring back the winning tradition that this program has known. I've been preparing for this position for more than 10 years, so I feel I'm ready. The past three years as an assistant here, I don't believe that I was able show what I can really do. But now, I'm ready for the challenge of turning the program around."
USC was 6-22 overall in 2002 and finished 11th in the 12-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Douglas already has exhibited his head coaching ability at USC. 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.
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. 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 3 children: Turhan III, 6, and 4-year-old twins Hannah and Hunter.