Our Staff

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Jim Turgeon

Head Coach

Jim Turgeon was named the 10th head coach of the women’s basketball program at the University of Denver on March 28, 2017.

Turgeon has compiled a career record of 369-172 for a winning percentage of .682 in his 17 years as a head coach, reaching 20+ wins in 13 of those seasons.

Turgeon comes to the Pioneers from Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he spent the last two seasons amassing an impressive 54-10 record for an .843 winning percentage - the highest by any coach in school history. Under his leadership, the Thunderwolves qualified for the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight season in 2016-17. 

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Kayla Ard

Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Kayla Ard will serve as the University of Denver women’s basketball program’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2017-18 season. 

Ard, known for her strong recruiting skillset, comes to Denver from the University of Dayton where she served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for two seasons. While at Dayton, Ard coached a class that was ranked in the top 20 in the nation in 2015 and also worked with the 2015 A-10 Rookie of the Year. 

Prior to her time at Dayton, Ard was an assistant coach at Clemson for two years. Clemson competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), one of the toughest women’s basketball conferences in the country.   

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Terra Moyers

Assistant Coach

Terra Moyers joins the University of Denver women’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2017-18. 

Moyers comes to DU from Colorado State University-Pueblo where she served as the assistant coach under Jim Turgeon for two seasons.

During her time with the Thunderwolves, Moyers assisted a coaching staff that led the Pack to an impressive 54-10 (.843) record from 2015-17, including a school record 28 wins in 2016-17. CSU-Pueblo qualified for the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight season in 2016-17 and won its first outright regular-season Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship since 1987-88. The Pack earned a No. 1 seed, the highest in program history, and hosted the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament in Moyers’ final season with the program.

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Assistant Coach

Tommie Johnson enters his first season with the Pioneers in 2017-18.  Johnson comes to the University of Denver women’s basketball program from Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he served as head coach of the girl’s basketball team for one season. 

In his only year at the helm of the program, two athletes were voted to the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference (PPAC) All-League team and one was named All-Area Gazette honorable mention. 

Prior to his time at Sand Creek, Johnson was an assistant coach at New Mexico Junior College on the women's basketball staff before being called back to Colorado to coach high school. 

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Adam Gleason

Director of Basketball Operations

Adam Gleason joins the University of Denver women’s basketball staff as the Director of Basketball Operations. Gleason will enter his first season for the Pioneers in 2017-18. 

Gleason comes to the University of Denver from Oklahoma State University where he served as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball program for two seasons. In his role at OSU, he assisted in the day-to-day operations of the program and was involved in creating and distributing recruiting materials.

Prior to entering his role as the program’s graduate assistant, Gleason was the student manager for the Cowgirls. Gleason also worked for two seasons as a recruiting intern with the OSU football team.

A native of Meade, Kansas, Gleason was a three-sport athlete in high school, competing in football, basketball and tennis. 
 
Gleason received his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and Marketing from Oklahoma State in 2015 and is currently wrapping up his master’s degree in educational technology.

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