Turner Gill

Turner Gill

College coach infobox

Name = Turner Gill
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DateOfBirth = Birth date and age|1962|8|13|mf=y
Birthplace = flagicon|Texas Fort Worth, TX
DateOfDeath =
Sport = Football
College = Buffalo
Title = Head Coach
CurrentRecord = 9–17
OverallRecord = 9–17
Awards = 2007 MAC Coach of the Year
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CFbDWID = 4158
Player = Y
Years = 1980-1983
Team = Nebraska
Position = Quarterback
Coach = Y
CoachYears = 2006-"present"
CoachTeams = Buffalo
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Turner Gill (born August 13, 1962, in Fort Worth, Texas) is the head coach of the Buffalo Bulls college football team and is one of six African-American head coaches in NCAA Division I-A.


In 1989, Gill began his coaching career at The University of Nebraska, his alma mater, serving one year as a graduate assistant coach. After spending a season each at North Texas University and Southern Methodist University, Gill returned once again to Nebraska, where he coached quarterbacks from 1992-2003 and wide receivers in 2004. Gill served as position coach for two first team All-Americans, Tommie Frazier and Eric Crouch, with Crouch also earning the Heisman Trophy under Gill's tutelage. The Cornhuskers earned three national championships in Gill's time as an assistant there. In 2005, Gill was hired by the Green Bay Packers as Director of Player Development to help players become acclimated to playing professional football in Green Bay and to direct players to resources concerning community involvement, continuing education, financial management, and retirement planning. He also served as an assistant wide receivers coach and an offensive assistant coach through December 2005.

Gill, who was part of three national championships as a coach at the University of Nebraska and a Heisman Trophy finalist as a player, agreed to a five-year contract to become the 23rd head football coach at the University at Buffalo on December 16, 2005.


Turner Gill won two games in his first season with Buffalo compiling a 2-10 record, but did play the likes of Auburn, Wisconsin, and Boston College in 2006.

Although Gill went 2-10 in his first season, Buffalo achieved great success within recent Bulls history. Gill helped set the mark for most points in a season since moving to Division I, scoring 220. UB also scored the most points (201) of any team in the Mid-American Conference East Division and defeated the first team (Kent State University) with a winning record since joining Mid-American Conference in 1999.


Gill's Buffalo team finished 5-7 overall with a 5-3 record in the Mid-American Conference, the first winning conference record the squad had posted since joining the MAC in 1999. This was also the Bulls' first winning record at home since moving to Division I. The team finished third out of six schools in the Mid-American Conference East Division, and Gill was named MAC Coach of the Year for 2007. [ [http://www.buffalonews.com/258/story/216151.html?imw=Y Gill named Coach of Year; eight players honored by MAC] ]

Because of the great turnaround that Gill orchestrated in only his second season at Buffalo, he was one of two leading candidates to replace Bill Callahan as head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. [ [http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2007/11/09/huskerextra/football/doc4732883e0e4cc153977962.txt Speculation abounds that Gill or Pelini in line] ] However, Bo Pelini was hired as the new Nebraska head coach.

Head coaching record

CFB Yearly Record Subhead
name=Buffalo Bulls
conf=Mid-American Conference
CFB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
year = 2006
name = Buffalo
overall = 2–10
conference = 1–7
confstanding = 6th (East)
bowl =
bowlgame =
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bowlscore =
bcsbowl =
ranking = no
ranking2 = no
CFB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
year = 2007
name = Buffalo
overall = 5–7
conference = 5–3
confstanding = 3rd (East)
bowl =
bowlgame =
bowlopp =
bowlscore =
bcsbowl =
ranking = no
ranking2 = no
CFB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
year = 2008
name = Buffalo
overall = 2-1
conference = 1-0
confstanding = 1st (East)
bowl =
bowlgame =
bowlopp =
bowlscore =
bcsbowl =
ranking = no
ranking2 = no
CFB Yearly Record Subtotal
confrecord= 7–10
CFB Yearly Record End
overall = 9–17
bcs = no
poll = two
polltype =

Playing career

Gill graduated from Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas. He was recruited by the University of Nebraska to play both football and baseball. As a quarterback at the University of Nebraska, Gill led the team to a 28-2 record in his three years as a starter, and in 1983 was a Heisman Trophy finalist (finished 4th). Gill spent two years as the starting quarterback for the Canadian Football League's Montreal Concordes before retiring. With the Concordes he had 727 pass attempts with 411 completions for 4,928 yards and 23 touchdowns to 24 interceptions. He also had 826 rushing yards on 173 carries and seven touchdowns. During Gill's time with the Concordes the team had a 14-17-1 record.


External links

* [http://www.ubathletics.buffalo.edu/football/coaches/gill.shtml Buffalo Bio]

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