Justin Turco begins his seventh season at Salisbury in 2019.
Salisbury finished the 2018 season with a 16-11 record going 3-4 in Capital Athletic COnference play. The team advanced to the CAC Semifinals for the sixth straight season under Turco's guidance but would fall to the University of Mary Washington in a thrilling match, 3-2. Three Sea Gulls earned all-conference recognition for their outstanding play as both Nicole Venturelli and Carley Cleland earned first-team recognition while junior libero Hailey Dougherty landed on the second team. Under Turco's tutelage Venturelli finished her career in the maroon and gold earned all-conference honors in three straight seasons including two straight first-team honors as well as finishing with 1,313 kills, which ranks her sixth all-time in program history, while her 3,833 total attempts is the sixth most in program history.
The Sea Gulls posted an overall record of 19-10 while going 6-3 in Capital Athletic Conference play and advanced to the CAC Semifinals in 2017 falling to rival Christopher Newport University for the second straight season. Salisbury saw new faces with a mix of veteran players make an impact throughout the season including junior outside hitter Nicole Venturelli, who was named to the CAC First Team. In what was the most exciting match of the season the Sea Gulls rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first round of the CAC Tournament to down York College of Pennsylvania, 3-2. It was just the second time in program history that the maroon and gold have gone down 2-0 in a playoff match and come back to win 3-2. The last time Salisbury accomplished that feat was November 7, 2002 against none other than York.
In 2016 the Sea Gulls finished with a 20-8 record and a 8-1 record in CAC play earning the second seed in the conference playoffs. Among the teams accomplishments a 3-1 victory over then ranked No. 13 Christopher Newport University at Christopher Newport was the top highlight. The win snapped the Captains' 138 consecutive regular season league matches winning streak dating all the way back to 2006. However, the Captains would end the Gulls season in the CAC Semifinals winning a hard fought match in five sets, 3-2. Kati Stouffer earned numerous accolades including CAC Player of the Year, First team All-CAC, CAC Female Athlete of the Year, Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-America, ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, AVCA Third Team All-America, and AVCA All-Region North Team.
Salisbury advanced to its third-straight Capital Athletic Conference championship match in as many seasons under Turco's leadership in 2015. The Sea Gulls finished with an 8-1 record in the conference, while earning the No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament. Overall the team finished with a 24-8 record. Three Sea Gulls were named to All-CAC teams, with Katie Stouffer making her third-straight first-team appearance. Rachel Pierson and Jordan Lawson both were named to the second team.
In 2014, Turco led the Sea Gulls to their second-straight CAC championship game with a 22-10 record in his second season leading the program. He led the team to a 10-0 record to start the year for the best start in program history. After dropping their first four CAC matches, the Gulls notched seven-straight wins to advance to the CAC title contest.
In his first season at the helm, Turco led the Sea Gulls to a 29-6 record and a trip to the NCAA tournament. Juniors Mattie Smith and Michelle Meehan, and freshman Katie Stouffer each landed on the All-CAC first team, and junior Julie Poston was named to the second team.
Turco was announced as the 13th Head Coach in the history of the volleyball program in February 2013.
Turco comes to Salisbury having spent the previous two years at Trinity (Conn.) College, where he served as assistant volleyball and softball coach. Over the past two seasons, the Bantams' volleyball program has put together a 31-20 overall record, and advanced to the New England Small Colleges Athletic Conference tournament semifinals in 2011.
Prior to his stint in Hartford, Turco served as an assistant coach with Hamilton College and has spent three years coaching high school and collegiate club volleyball in Southern California.
A 2007 graduate of the University of Vermont, Turco played club volleyball for the Catamounts for four years, including serving as president of the club. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science, before completing a master's degree in American Studies at Trinity in 2013.
Coach Turco News
08/28/13 Justin Turco takes over after historic 2012 season
02/20/13 Justin Turco named Salisbury volleyball head coach
Coach Turco's Record at SU
|2013||29-6||7-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Finalist|
|37-14||1 NCAA Tournament appearance|
Last updated 12/14/2018