The University of Louisville has announced that former Kentucky basketball player Wayne Turner has joined Rick Pitino’s staff at Louisville and will serve as a program assistant.
“Wayne has decided to get into the coaching ranks,” Rick Pitino says via an official press release from the University. “He’ll be living with our players in Billy Minardi Hall this year, mentoring them off the court. There’s no better person to do that as he played in three straight Final Fours and won two national championships.”
Turner’s primary duties will include assisting in opponent scouting with extensive video breakdowns, game preparation and assisting in on-campus recruiting efforts.
The Boston native played at the University of Kentucky from 1995-98. Three of his four seasons in Lexington, Turner played under Rick Pitino who was the head coach until 1997, when he left the college ranks to become the head coach of the Boston Celtics.
Turner won two national championships during his time at Kentucky and helped the Wildcats earn three consecutive trips to the Final Four. Following his college career, Turner spent time playing professionally in the NBA, CBA, and in Europe. He also spent time with the Harlem Globetrotters. He worked on the UK men’s basketball staff in 2010-11 while completing his undergraduate degree.