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2011-Craig-Turnbull

Craig Turnbull

YEAR INDUCTED
2011
ROLE
Coach
LEVEL PLAYED
College, High School
About Craig Turnbull

Turnbull has made a name for himself in the wrestling world, beginning at Iroquois Where he was one of the best wrestlers in the state. He was 65-6 with the Braves, was a Section I, District 10 and Region champions, and finished third at the PIAA championships. At Clarion, he was 87- 14-2 and was an All-American in 1973 when he finished sixth at the NCAA championships. He first began coaching at Strong Vincent. In 1976 he became an assistant coach at West Virginia and was named the head coach there three years later. Over the span of 31 years, he has built that program into one of the strongest and most dominant in the nation. He was named the NCAA Rookie Coach of the Year, and has since been named the Eastern Wrestling League Coach of the Year four times. He earned his 200th dual meet win at WVU during the 2001-2002 season and has the most wins by a wrestling coach in school history. He has coached 39 EWL champions, 26 NCAA All-Americans, seven NCAA finalists and five NCAA champions.