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Gary Turcott Assisting Carroll Women After 19 Seasons as Men's Head Coach

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In 2011 former Saints men's basketball coach Gary Turcott thought he was just helping pick the new women's basketball coach. Little did he know that he was actually being recruited.

"He was one of the first people I met on my interview here," said Sayers. "I actually had dinner with him the first night that I got interviewed. And I knew if I had an opportunity to get this job that I needed to get that guy on my staff."

Turcott is in his fourth season as an assistant for the Saints women's basketball team. He retired after 19 years as the Saints men's head coach in 2009, but when Rachelle took over the women's team he felt it was his duty as a fellow coach to help guide her in her first head coaching job.

"It took a long time to understand basketball, to learn how to coach it, to learn the techniques of teaching it, to learn the fundamentals," said Turcott. "And it's almost selfish if you just quit and you don't ever share any of that."

Turcott is primarily in charge of the Saints defense, along with coaching up Carroll's bigs. And he uses his 35 years of experience to really push his players, and get the most out of them.

"Our defense is what we've been good at the past couple of years," said Saints junior forward Jordan Johnston. "We hold teams to one of the lower numbers than anyone in our conference. So it just shows how intelligent he is in that field."

"He just has such a passion and love for the game that you can't help but be inspired by him and want to learn from him," said Sayers. "So I think the girls realize what a commodity we have in him."

Coach Turcott's understanding of the game, along with his passion for coaching make him the ideal assistant for a new coach. But it does bring up one question: would he ever consider a head coaching job again?

"No I don't have the itch to be a head coach anymore," said Turcott. "I'm very happy doing what I'm doing."

There you have it. Coach Turcott is very happy, as are all of the coaches and players benefiting from his

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