John Turner Classic Volleyball Tournament begins this week


PEARLAND — This week, 76 teams will invade Pearland as the John Turner Classic Volleyball Tournament begins on Thursday, August 9 through Saturday, August 11. This is the largest volleyball tournament in the nation and will feature some of the top teams all across Texas including defending state champion 6A Lewisville Hebron. There are also a couple of teams from Louisiana who will also be crossing the state line to compete in the tournament.

The tournament was named after former Pearland High School volleyball coach John Turner who retired from coaching in 2016.

Coach Turner has long been a name synonymous with girls volleyball not only in the state of Texas but across the nation. During his coaching career he amassed a career coaching record of 806-238.

He graduated from Lamar University and immediately started coaching in 1984 as an assistant coach at Friendswood High School. After one year, he accepted the head coaching position at Channelview for 4 years taking his teams to district championships each year and finishing as state semifinalist in 1987 and state finalists in 1988.

Coach Turner then went on to coach at Baytown Lee for two years where his team was district runner-up and then district champions losing in the Regional Quarterfinals. He then decided to accept an Assistant Coaching position at Lamar University for two seasons before going back to his true love – high school volleyball. He served one year as an assistant coach at Alvin before moving on to Pearland High School where he served as the head coach for the 23 years. He also coached club volleyball for 20 years as a coach and director/founder of Club Texas Volleyball.

He was the director of the nation's largest high school volleyball tournament for the 19 years raising over $250,000 for various charities to fight cancer and promote the educational process.

He is the current Executive Director of GHVCA which he has held for the past five years since it's inception.

Turner was named District "Coach of the Year" – 14 times for Districts 19-4A/21-5A/22-5A/23-5A/22-6A. He was selected as an TGCA All-Star Coach in 1988 and 2000 and selected as GHVCA All-Star Coach in 2013. He had 18 players named to the TGCA All-State Teams; 13 players named to the TGCA All-Star Teams; 92 players named to the TGCA All-State Academic Teams; 12 players selected as District MVP's; four players named as High School All-Americans – all from Pearland High School. Turner has been credited with founding and forming the new state coaches association TAVC in 2016 a long time dream of his since starting GHVCA five years ago.