Coach Adam Turner
Bard College
Men's Basketball Head Coach


Turner, a 2006 graduate of Bard, took over as head coach in 2009. He was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Raptors, earning DIII News All-American status twice and was named all-conference during three seasons. His freshman year Turner was 5th nationally in scoring with over 25 ppg and set the single season and single game scoring marks for the Raptors. He graduated with over 10 school records and still holds the Bard career mark for points with 1,785.

Over the past seven seasons Turner has led the Raptors in their transition into the Liberty League and has helped to build a program that had one win the year before his arrival. In 7 seasons Turner has helped the Raptors achieve many things never done in the short history of the program. Under Turner the team has set the program record for wins in a season. They have also had the program's first wins over teams from the NESCAC, Centennial Conference, and CUNYAC. They won a tip-off tournament for the first time in program history. The Raptors have also set the record for conference wins in a season. Turner has also recruited and coached three 1,000 point scorers, three all-league players and three all-freshmen selections.

Over the past two seasons the Raptors have finished just out of the playoffs in the prestigious Liberty League, which is long way from where they started in 2002 when he was a freshman playing on a team that was new to the NCAA and not a part of an affiliated conference. With a young core of talented players the next 2 years are shaping up to be the best in program history. 

"The most fun part of leading a program like Bard is each year we get to set the bench mark for the groups that will follow us. We are creating the tradition that players 20 years from now will look back on as the beginning of something special."

Upon graduation, Turner took his first step into the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant for the Raptors during the 2006-07 season. Turner was involved in many aspects of the program both on and off the court, and was heavily involved in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.

From 2007-2009 Turner was the Director of the Hoop Group Skills Camp, which is recognized as one of the nation's oldest and most respected basketball skill development camps. He was responsible for managing all aspects of the camp, which involves more than 1,700 campers. Additionally, Turner directed two youth tournaments annually involving up to 100 teams, organized over 25 clinics for youths of all ages, as well as assisted in the administration of a variety of high school showcase events and AAU tournaments.

Turner lives locally in Red Hook, NY with his wife Danielle and daughter Sawyer Rose.