Assistant Baseball Coach, Sports Information Director
Jimmy Turk begins his second year as an assistant coach at South Mountain Community College in 2016. Turk is the outfielders coach and also coaches first base. He assists with hitting, recruiting and strength and conditioning. He was also recently appointed the new Sports Information Director at South Mountain in 2016. In his first season at South Mountain, Turk helped all three Sophomore outfielders go on to Division 1 schools (Long Beach St, New Mexico St and Central Arkansas), including five total Division 1 transfers. The team compiled a 38-20 record which was 4 more wins than the previous year, saw the team average rise from the previous year to .317 and almost doubled the amount of stolen bases to 124. Turk joined the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League for his first season in 2016 as the team’s hitting coach and third base coach. He helped lead the team to a 36-36 record which was 5 wins more than in 2015 and 9th out of 18 teams overall. Waterloo hit .265 as a team which was 9th out of 18 teams, and saw Adam McGinnis hit .296 with 12HR and 62RBI. McGinnis finished 4th in the league in Home Runs and 3rd in RBI's and also broke a 22 year old franchise record for RBI'S in a season. Turk coached two Summer Collegiate All-Americans (Derek Hendrixson - 1st Team and Adam Mcginnis - Honorable Mention) in 2016. Turk heads back to Waterloo again for his second season in 2017 and is in charge of recruiting. Before coaching at South Mountain Community College, Turk coached for seven years at Slammers Baseball during the Fall and Summer in Colorado. Also two years at Ponderosa High School and three years at Cherry Creek High School winning a State Championship in 2012. During his time at Slammers, Cherry Creek and Ponderosa, Turk coached 148 players who went on to play college baseball, including 73 who went on to play Division 1 baseball and 22 of whom were selected in the MLB Draft. Turk is currently an associate scout for the Tampa Bay Rays. Turk graduated high school from 6A power Owasso, in Oklahoma, winning the 6A state championship his senior year finishing 6th in the nation. Owasso High School has been to the 6A state championship 15 of the last 18 years winning 9 titles. He went on to play at Otero Junior College. From there he proceeded to Oral Roberts University where he was part of a team that received a preseason top 25 ranking after a 50 win season, finishing the season ranked 15 th nationally. ORU had captured the last 15 summit league titles before moving to the Southland conference. He finished his career at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Turk has a BSBA in Management with a minor in Marketing from Colorado State-Pueblo.