NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College athletic department and head football coach Zak Willis announced today the hiring of Kevin Turco as the defensive line coach. Turco comes to Newberry after spending a season at East Carolina University under Skip Holtz as the offensive staff assistant.
In 2004, he served as a graduate assistant coach, working with quarterbacks and special teams, at the University of South Carolina under the legendary Lou Holtz.
Turco is no stranger to coaching defensive line. His first collegiate coaching job was at his alma mater, Western New England College in Springfield, Mass., with defensive line responsibilities. He held the same position at the University of St. Mary (Kansas) and at St. Peter's College (New Jersey). In 1999, he coached the defensive line at Westfield (Mass.) High School.
Turco spent six years in the United States Marine Corps infantry, spending time in Norway and Estonia before returning to the country to serve as a recruiter for the Corps.
He graduated from Western New England in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in history, and completed the requirements for a master's degree in education from the University of Saint Mary in 2003.
Turco was a quarterback and special teams participant for the Golden Bears of Western New England for the 1994 and 1995 seasons, prior to his enlistment with the Marines.