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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 seventh season at Stanford where he directs all sports performance efforts for the football program.

In 2013, his position became the first endowed football directorship in the FBS and was renamed the Kissick Family Director of Football Sports Performance. Turley has created a comprehensive player development program designed to achieve three primary goals: injury prevention, athletic performance enhancement and mental discipline development.

Turley was FootballScoop's 2011 Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year as determined by a panel of coaches and previous recipients. Turley has earned significant credit from the Stanford coaching staff for his role in turning around a program that won a single game the year before his arrival to a program with three straight BCS bowl appearances.

Integral parts of Turley’s program include comprehensive sports nutrition education, lifestyle management and sports psychology programming, all of which ensure the optimal physical and mental preparation of Stanford’s athletes. Turley plans all meals for the program’s training table, travel and game day to ensure 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’s player development program has been overwhelmingly successful with media attention being paid to his injury prevention system. Since his arrival on The Farm, the number of injuries has been dramatically reduced; from 2006 to 2012 the program has seen an 87 percent decline in games missed due to injury among players in Stanford’s two-deep. Remarkably, only two injuries in 2012 required season-ending or post-season surgical repair for the Cardinal.

His program has enabled Stanford to start fast and finish strong in games. Stanford’s first and fourth quarter (plus overtime) scoring during the last three seasons has decidedly outpaced its opponents: +144 points in 2010, +115 in 2011, and +102 in 2012.

Last season’s Pac-12 and Rose Bowl Game Champions earned eight of their wins in the fourth quarter or overtime. Stanford’s defense did not allow a fourth quarter or overtime point against its final six opponents, four of which were nationally ranked.

Turley directs a staff of four full-time assistants, all of whom bring impressive backgrounds and credentials to the Cardinal program. 

Prior to arriving on The Farm, Turley spent the 2006 campaign at the University of San Diego as director of athletic performance for the Torero's 16 sport programs.

Turley spent time at Missouri as a graduate assistant (2001-03) and assistant director (2003-05). During his stint in Columbia, Turley earned a master's degree in education and counseling psychology with a concentration in sports psychology.

In addition to his coaching duties, Turley directed the annual Mizzou Athletic Performance Development Clinic. He also developed and directed a comprehensive sports nutrition program for 20 varsity teams that included negotiating sponsorships with Kraft Foods and Gatorade, while managing the department's budget for the purchase of nutritional supplements.

Prior to his time with the Tigers, Turley was directly responsible for the strength and conditioning development of the Class-AA Wichita Wranglers (affiliate of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals) in the summer of 2001.

Turley earned his bachelor's degree in science of human nutrition, foods and exercise from Virginia Tech in 2000, also earning a minor in chemistry.

While with the Hokies, Turley served as president of the Exercise Science Student Organization and began his career in strength and conditioning as a student assistant coach following his track and field career.

Turley is a certified member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a certified sports nutritionist with the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

A native of Bluefield, W.V., Shannon resides in Campbell with his wife, Brittany, and their two dogs, Danger and Winner.

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
2007-13      Stanford Sports Performance Coordinator