NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Athletic Director Kent Allshouse has announced the hiring of Anthony (Tony) Turini to lead the women’s soccer program.
Turini comes to Bethel College from the University of Maine-Machias, where he served as the head men’s and women’s soccer coach, athletic operations coordinator and an admissions counselor for the last seven seasons.
His official start date at Bethel is March 19, though Allshouse reported Turini has already begun recruiting. His hiring marks the first time in a number of years for the Bethel women’s soccer program to have its own coach, separate from the men’s.
During Turini’s time at UMM, the men’s program earned a spot in the conference playoffs every year and twice played for the conference championship. He also brought in 14 All-Region players in his seven years with the Clippers men’s program and was named the Men’s Coach of the Year for the Yankee Small College Conference in 2008.
The women’s program saw similar success under Turini, qualifying for the conference tournament six of the seven seasons. In 2011, the Clippers were both the regular season and conference tournament champions, earning a trip to the national tournament. Turini’s tenure at UMM saw 11 All-Region players competing for the Clippers, including two All-Americans and two Honorable Mention All-Americans. Turini was twice named YSCC Women’s Coach of the Year, in 2006 and 2007.
Before going to UMM, Turini coached the Southern Illinois Storm U-19 boys club soccer team in Carbondale. He also served as an admissions counselor on the undergraduate admissions staff at Western Illinois University, Macomb.
Prior to working in Illinois, Turini was a coach for the Edinboro (Pa.) Regional Soccer Club for six seasons, serving as coaching director during his final year with the organization. He was also assistant women’s soccer coach at Edinboro University for three seasons. Turini has worked soccer camps across Pennsylvania, Missouri and Illinois.
Originally from Carbondale, Turini is a 1997 graduate of Gannon University in Erie, Pa., where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology. He was a three-year letterwinner for the Golden Knights from 1993-1995 and was a member of the 1993 Gannon team that reached the national semifinals of the NCAA Division II men’s soccer championship.
Turini earned his master’s degree in student personnel services from Edinboro University in 2001. He currently holds both a United States Soccer Federation Class B coaching license and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America national coaching license.
“I think Tony is a perfect fit for Bethel College and he has the ideal skill sets to guide the women’s program to a very high level of performance,” said Allshouse. “Tony was my top candidate from the beginning of the national search and I am so pleased that has joined our team.”