2001-2002 Bulldog Basketball Coaching Staff
Ralph Turner - Head Coach
Turner, a 1979 graduate of David Lipscomb University, enters his eighth season as head coach of the Bulldogs. Coach Turner is coming off a season in which he led the Bulldogs to their fourth consecutive NAIA National Tournament. Turner’s has an overall record of 166-77 in his eight years at Union.
Turner began his coaching career at the junior high and high school level in Georgia and Tennessee before moving to the collegiate level at Oklahoma Christian. Returning to his alma mater, Turner served as an assistant coach at Lipscomb for nine years before accepting the head coaching position at Union.
Turner takes his knowledge of basketball to the national level by serving on the NAIA Championship Tournament Committee that organizes the men's national basketball tournament in St. Lewis, MO. Turner also is on the NAIA All-American Committee.
Under the guidance of Turner, summer basketball camps have continued to grow. Through Turner's hard work and dedication, Union has seen over 1,500 boys and girls participate in each of the past three summer camp sessions.
Turner's goal for the men's basketball program is more than concentrating on the score of a game. His desire is to not only see the best Bulldog team Union has ever had, but for those individuals to be the best people Union has ever had as well.
He and wife, Sherrie, have two daughters, Andrea and Alison, ages 15 and 13.
David Niven - Assistant Coach
Niven, a 1996 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, begins his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs after spending the 1996-97 season as an assistant coach at Oklahoma Baptist.
Niven's playing career began as a red-shirt at Ouachita Baptist University. He then transferred to OBU and finished his four-year career. In those four years, Niven became the player with the most wins in school history with a 120-25 record. He also became the first player to help lead the Bison to four consecutive national tournaments and two final-four finishes.
In 1997, while assistant coach at Oklahoma Baptist, Niven received his Master of Education degree from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He received valuable coaching experience as the Bison went 36-4 and made it to the 1997 NAIA National Championship Finals.
Ryan Massey - Graduate Assistant
Ryan Massey is in his second season as Graduate Assistant coach for the Bulldogs. Massey played four years for the Bulldogs with an overall record at Union, as a player for Coach Turner, of 112-28. Ryan has been a part of the most successful eras of Union University Basketball, including three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament.
Massey graduated in 1999 from Union with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health. He is currently working on a Master of Education degree with emphasis in Physical Education from Union. After finishing, Ryan plans to teach and coach on the college level.
Belinda Hannigan - Student Assistant