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Shannon Turley
Position: Kissick Family Director of Football Sports Performance
Alma Mater: Virginia Tech '00
Experience: 8 Years
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Shannon Turley is in his eighth year at Stanford serving as the Kissick Family Director of Football Sports Performance. In 2013, his position became the first endowed sports performance directorship in collegiate athletics with the generous gift of John Kissick and his family. Turley has created a comprehensive player development program designed to achieve three primary goals: injury prevention, athletic performance enhancement, and mental discipline development. 

In 2013, Turley was recognized as the College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as selected by a vote of its members. He was the 34th recipient to be honored with this prestigious award in the association’s 36 year history.

Following the 2011 season, FootballScoop named Turley as the 2011 Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year as determined by a panel of coaches and previous recipients. In addition, Turley has earned significant credit from the Stanford coaching staff for his role in turning around a team that won a single game the year before his arrival, to an elite program which has achieved its greatest success with four straight BCS Bowl appearances and consecutive Pacific-12 Conference championships.

Integral parts of Turley’s program include sports nutrition education, lifestyle management, and sports psychology programming, all of which ensure the optimal physical and mental preparation of Stanford’s athletes. Turley is responsible for planning meals for the program’s training table, travel, and game day to guarantee optimal nutrition and hydration. He also collaborates with the sports medicine staff to develop an individualized, sport and position specific, active integration rehabilitation plan to ensure the successful return to competition of all injured players.

Turley brings 15 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Stanford Sports Performance program. Prior to arriving on the Farm, Turley spent the 2006 campaign with the University of San Diego as Director of Athletic Performance for the Torero’s 16 sport programs.

Before becoming the Director of Athletic Performance at USD, Turley served the University of Missouri as a graduate assistant (2001-2002) and assistant director (2003-2005). He also spent the 2001 season coaching the Class-AA Wichita Wranglers, an affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals.

Turley earned his bachelor’s degree in the science of human nutrition, foods, and exercise from Virginia Tech in 2000, while also earning a minor in chemistry. During his stint with the Hokies, Turley served as president of the Exercise Science Student Organization and began his career in strength and conditioning as a volunteer student assistant following a brief track and field career. He continued his education at Missouri where he earned a master’s degree in education and counseling psychology with a concentration in sports psychology.

Turley is a certified member of the NSCA, and previously held certificates from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Turley is one of the nation’s most sought after innovators and regularly presents concepts of his training system to diverse audiences at venues around the world.

A native of Bluefield, W.V., Turley resides in Campbell, Calif. with his wife, Brittany, their daughter and two dogs. 

The Turley File

Year Program Position
1999-00 Virginia Tech Student Assistant
2001 Wichita Wranglers      Strength and Conditioning Coach
2001-02 Missouri Graduate Assistant
2003-05 Missouri Assistant Director
2006 San Diego Director of Athletic Performance
2007-12      Stanford Sports Performance Coordinator
2013- Stanford Kissick Family Director of Football Sports Performance