Mickey Turner enters his third season overall on the Pitt football staff and first as the Panthers' assistant director of player development.
A former tight end for the Wisconsin Badgers, Turner joined Pitt in 2012 as a quality control assistant and spent the 2013 season as an offensive graduate assistant coach.
Turner was a four-year letterman for the Badgers (2006-09) and played in a bowl game each year of his collegiate career. As a senior team captain, he helped Wisconsin to a 10-3 record and No. 16 final national ranking following a 20-14 victory over Miami (Fla.) in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl.
The Missouri native also was a freshman letterman on the Badgers' 2006 team that went 12-1 and finished with a No. 5 ranking after beating Arkansas, 17-14, in the Capital One Bowl. During Turner's career, Wisconsin went a combined 38-14 (.731), one of the winningest four-year periods in school history.
Turner was also an accomplished student at Wisconsin, earning Academic All-Big Ten three times. He was the recipient of the school's prestigious Ivan B. Williamson Scholastic Award, annually presented to the UW student-athlete with the most athletic and academic contribution.
Turner received his bachelor's degree in 2010 with a double major in entrepreneurship and management. He went on to earn his Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. While pursuing his MBA, Turner was a volunteer assistant with the Wash U. football team, coaching the tight ends and assisting with special teams. His wife's name is Katie.
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