Ashland University announced today that Brook Turson has been hired as a full-time assistant coach on the men’s basketball staff. Turson takes over as the lead assistant on head coach John Ellenwood’s staff. He replaces Rob Gardiner, who left to accept a position as an assistant coach at Lincoln Memorial.
Turson is certainly no stranger to AU basketball. He’s spent the past five years as an assistant coach. The first two years of that stretch he was the graduate assistant coach. Recently, Turson has been working in AU’s Office of Admissions and working as a part-time coach.
Turson played at AU from 2012-15. He was a three-year starter and team captain. A guard, he twice led the team in steals. As a senior he was second on the team in scoring. That team won the GLIAC South Division championship. Turson was a two-time All-GLIAC Academic Team selection. He is a 2015 AU graduate.
“I am extremely excited to promote Brook Turson to our top assistant coach position for our program,” said Ellenwood. “As a student-athlete Brook’s leadership was instrumental in helping make our program into a championship caliber team. As a former player and current coach for the Eagles he understands the type of quality student-athlete that Ashland University requires to be successful. Being the son of a coach, Brook also understands the time commitment necessary to study the game, as well as how to present that knowledge to players. He is a great asset to Ashland Men’s Basketball.
Turson played at nearby Plymouth High School. He scored 2,063 points in his high school career and was a three-time All-Ohio performer and a four-time Firelands Conference Player of the Year. He played for his father, Brad.
“First off, I would like to thank head coach John Ellenwood and athletics director Al King for allowing me to fulfill this position on the staff,” said Turson. “As a former player under Coach Ellenwood I know the passion that he possesses to make sure every student-athlete succeeds under his watch. I am incredibly excited to continue learning from him, enhancing our student-athlete experience at AU and adding to the tradition that is Ashland University Men’s Basketball.”