Oct. 9, 2013
Marci Turner is a former Lady Vol golfer and assistant coach. Turner played for the Tennessee women's golf program from 2004 to 2008 where she garnered All-American honors five times, Golfweek honors three times and NGCA honors two times. She was also recognized numerous times as an All-SEC performer including first-team in 2006 and 2007.
Turner was also the University of Tennessee Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2005-2006. Turner served as team captain for the Lady Vols from 2006 to 2008. She still holds the UT record for low round (64) and most career rounds (133), and is third in career rounds of par or better (36).
Upon completion of her professional career, Turner returned to Tennessee as an assistant coach under Judi Pavon until she left to become involved with Teach For America, where she currently is employed in Oklahoma City.
Q: Marci, update us on what you have been doing since your days at Tennessee? A: "I'm currently living in Oklahoma City, working with Teach For America. They usually put us in areas with underprivileged schools and we commit two years to teach. I signed up for that last spring and they put me in Oklahoma. It's been really fun for me. I teach eighth grade science here."
Q: We are aware of your playing days as one of the best Lady Vol golfers ever. Can you tell us about some of your fondest memories from those years?
A: "As a player, it was fun. The fact that we always had a pretty diverse team while I was there made it great to see different cultures come together and work with one another. One of my favorite things that we did while I was there was going to Hawaii... as a player and a coach. Just to be there in that setting and with my teammates was great.
"I guess as a coach, it was when we won two tournaments while I was there. That was always good and fun to win tournaments as a player but to see the kids you were trying to help come together and succeed is an awesome feeling."
Q: Are you able to still keep up with the Lady Vols golf team? If so, what are your thoughts on the current team and would you have any advice for them? A: "I do. I think the new team has a lot of potential. Some of the ladies were still on the team when I was coaching. I was them all the best. Like I said, they have the potential to do some great things. For the new players, I would just say enjoy every moment. Be happy and appreciate what you have. It's definitely a new experience when you are out of it. And just have fun."
Q: What have you learned from Coach Pavon during your time with her at Tennessee? "One of the reason I chose Tennessee when I was recruited was my relationship with Judi on my visit. I was comfortable. We've had an up-and-down relationship for a while but I have the most respect for her. You know it's a hard job being a head coach. I feel like she does a great job of it and I learned a lot of discipline from her. For instance, she always said be early. Don't try to be on time, be early for everything... and just have a good work ethic. It has definitely helped me in teaching."
Q: Lastly, are there any entertaining stories you could tell us about your time with the Lady Vols? A: "I was on the team when we painted the Rock black for Judi's 40th birthday. It was a pretty entertaining prank. At that same time, we decorated the office. Some of the team painted the Rock and the rest of us decorated her office in black with black streamers. She had no idea so it was exciting."