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Turnbull's interim tag removed at UMM

The University of Minnesota, Morris has named Scott Turnbull as its head men's soccer coach.

Director of Athletics Mark Fohl made the announcement, February 22, 2011, formally removing Turnbull's interim tag.

"I am very excited," Turnbull said. "This is a good opportunity for me and my family to be able to continue to coach here at the University of Minnesota, Morris. I am proud to lead the Cougars and be a part of this great University. I would like to thank the administration for having confidence in me and for giving me this opportunity."

Turnbull spent the 2010 season as the men's soccer team's interim head coach, having been elevated to the post in May after taking over for the departed Chris DeVries. He had previously been the assistant coach for the Cougar men's and women's soccer programs.

"Coach Turnbull proved he was the right choice last season," Fohl said. "The team's success speaks for itself, and we're excited to have him continue to lead Cougar men's soccer."

Turnbull took over a program that lost its top four scorers, but promptly led them back to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Championship game. One game away from the NCAA Tournament, Turnbull's squad took an early 1-0 led before eventually falling to regular season champion St. Scholastica.

Turnbull guided six players to All-UMAC status, while directing one of the top scoring teams in the conference. The Cougars finished second in the league in shots, points, goals and assists, while playing equally well on the defensive end as they were also second in shutouts.

Through the heart of the season, the Cougars posted an unbeaten seven-game stretch, which was part of a 10-game stretch where they lost just once.

Turnbull's coaching career began as a student at Morris, where he assisted as a women's goalkeeper coach.

"My goal is to continue to build this program into one that displays a strong work ethic, discipline and respect," Turnbull added. "This program has a very bright future, and I am excited to be a part of it."