Darrell Turner was hired in spring 2012 to serve as the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Memphis. Turner is responsible for the athletic training needs of all 19 sports on campus, and works directly with the Tiger football program.
Turner joins the Tigers after serving as the Head Athletic Trainer in the United Football League (UFL) for three seasons. He worked with the Virginia Destroyers from 20011-12 under head coach and general manager Marty Schottenheimer. His previous appointment in the UFL was with the California Redwoods, which became the Sacramento Mountain Lions, for the 2009-10 seasons under head coach and general manager Dennis Green.
A native of Clermont, Fla., Turner worked as the Director of Sports Medicine for Winston-Salem State for four years, before taking his first position with the UFL.
Turner is a 2002 graduate of the University of Florida where he received a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, specializing in athletic training as well as serving as a student athletic trainer for the Gators nationally-ranked football program.
Following his graduation from UF in 2002, he completed a summer internship with the Atlanta Falcons. He later accepted a position as the Head Athletic Trainer at South Sumter High School in Bushnell, Fla., upon completion of his internship.
Turner left South Sumter to work on his master's degree in recreation with a concentration is sports management, which he earned from the University of Arkansas in 2005. While at Arkansas, Turner served as an athletic trainer with the Razorback football and tennis teams.
Following his post-graduate work, Turner worked as the seasonal intern for the Carolina Panthers. He then moved on as the Interim Athletic Trainer for Winthrop University before assuming the Head Athletic Trainer/Director of Sports Medicine position for the Rams at Winston-Salem State University.
Turner and his wife, Megan, have one child, Joley.