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Report: Former Stanford strength coach to join CU Buffs

Shannon Turley spent 12 seasons at Stanford before being fired in 2019

Shannon Turley was the director of sports performance at Stanford from 2007-19. He has reportedly agreed to lead the strength and conditioning department for Colorado football.
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Shannon Turley was the director of sports performance at Stanford from 2007-19. He has reportedly agreed to lead the strength and conditioning department for Colorado football.
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The Colorado football program could be close to hiring a strength and conditioning coordinator who had a track record of success before fired nearly two years ago.

Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday night that former Stanford director of sports performance Shannon Turley has agreed to become the Buffs’ strength and conditioning coordinator.

Turley was a key part of Stanford’s success from 2007-18, but was fired in April of 2019 for undisclosed reasons.

At CU, Turley would replace Drew Wilson, who had been with the Buffaloes for five years, but had an expiring contract that was not renewed. Wilson recently accepted a position as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Kansas State.

Turley was the director of athletic performance at San Diego in 2006 under head coach Jim Harbaugh. When Harbaugh was hired as head coach at Stanford in 2007, he brought Turley with him as sports performance coordinator.

After Harbaugh left Stanford to coach the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers after the 2010 season, Turley stayed and spent eight years with current Cardinal coach David Shaw.

Recognized as one of the best in his field, Turley was named the FootballScoop.com strength and conditioning coach of the year in 2011. In 2013, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) named him the college strength and conditioning coach of the year.

In December of 2013, Turley was featured in the New York Times for his innovative approach with the Cardinal football team. Rather than focusing on strength, Turley’s program centered on balance, flexibility and functional movement. According to the New York Times article, the number of games missed to injury in Stanford’s two-deep roster decreased by 87% from 2006 to 2013.

Stanford was 1-11 before Turley arrived, went 111-47 with three Pac-12 titles while he was there, and is 8-10 since he was fired.

Despite his success with Stanford, Turley was placed on administrative leave on Feb. 2, 2019, just a few weeks after a 14-13 win against Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl – Stanford’s 10th consecutive bowl appearance.

Turley was fired about two months later, with Stanford issuing a statement that read, “Coach Shannon Turley no longer works at Stanford. As this is a personnel matter, we will not be providing further information.”

At the time, Jacob Rayburn of the Cardinal Sports Report at Rivals.com reported that “there was an issue brought to Stanford’s attention involving a former player.”

Shaw did not comment on Turley’s departure in 2019, but at the end of that season told 247Sports.com, “It’s very well known the love and appreciation I have for Shannon Turley. I think he’s one of the best you’ll ever find. … I think our players will always hold Shannon in high regard.”