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Coach John Turner has been coaching football for almost 30 years both at the collegiate and high school levels. John grew up watching his dad coach football his entire life, then played offensive line for him at Fort Meade High School in Fort Meade, Florida. He went on to play offensive line in college, two years at Marion Military Institute, then finished at Jacksonville State University. John graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Education with special honors in physical education and started his coaching career at Jacksonville State University that same year.
After one season as a graduate assistant at Jacksonville State in which the Gamecocks reached the NCAA Division II quarterfinals and finished with a record of 10-2, John decided to join the Alabama high school ranks. He coached at Daleville High School (1989-93), Dothan High School (1994-1996) and UMS-Wright Preparatory School (1999-2000). In just his second season on the staff at Daleville High School, the team advanced to the second round of the state 4A playoffs before falling 27-21 in double overtime to the eventual runner-up. After a two-point loss in the second round to the same school the following fall – this time, the opposition would go on to earn the title. But the next year, they won the state championship in 1992 and advanced to the state championship game the following year in 1993. Dothan High School advanced to the 6A playoffs in his final year on staff and recorded its 1st undefeated regular season in 57 years, while his efforts helped UMS-Wright win a pair of post season contest to make the quarterfinals of the 4A bracket in each of his two seasons with the school.
After coaching in the high school ranks for several years, John was given an opportunity to coach offensive line and special teams as a graduate assistant for Terry Bowden at Auburn University. During his time at Auburn, John earned a Master of Education with a concentration in physical education, Auburn won the SEC West and defeated Clemson University in the Peach Bowl. John’s next collegiate opportunity came from Tommy Bowden at Clemson University where he was the offensive line graduate assistant. While at Clemson, the program defeated Louisiana Tech 49-24 in the Humanitarian Bowl and spent eight weeks in the national rankings, but the highlight of that season was Clemson’s 47-44 overtime victory at then number 9 ranked Georgia Tech. John’s first time full-time coaching opportunity was at Western Carolina where he coached offensive line for one season. John then accepted a job at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as offensive line coach. His line units at UTC surrendered less than one sack per game on average over the entire time he coached there. He helped produce a trio of all-Southern Conference selections. During his tenure at UTC, he was promoted to assistant head coach. John then decided to take a unique opportunity offered to him by Coach Joey Jones to help the University of South Alabama start a Division 1 football program. John served as offensive line coach as well as the tight ends coach and helped guide 2 players to the NFL. He enjoyed two undefeated seasons as a jaguar, where the offense averaged better than 440 yards and nearly 43 points per game. He also helped South Alabama to the Camellia Bowl, the 1st bowl game in jaguar history.
For the past three seasons, John has been coaching at Spanish Fort High School in Spanish Fort, Alabama as the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. During his first season, the Toros won the 6A Alabama state championship, finished the year as the #21 ranked high school team in the country by Max Preps.com and #22 by USA Today. The past two seasons Spanish Fort won their region and made it to the third round of the playoffs while helping to develop two offensive linemen who played in the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game.
John is married to the former, Kim Gee, of Chattanooga, Tennessee. They have one son, Walker, who started his football playing career last year. Getting a chance to help coach Walker’s football and baseball teams, over the past couple of years has brought him great joy and he looks forward to coaching him over the next several years.