John Turner Classic Volleyball Tournament begins this week


PEARLAND — This week, 58 teams will invade Pearland as the Adidas John Turner Classic Volleyball Tournament begins on Thursday, August 8 through Saturday, August 10. This is the largest volleyball tournament in the nation and will feature some of the top teams all across Texas including defending 5A state champion Kingwood Park. Go to: www.johnturnerclassic.com for tournament information.

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 four years taking his teams to district championships each year and finishing as a 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 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 six years since it’s inception.

In past years, as many as 78 teams have invaded Pearland, but this year, the team count has been cut to 58 teams.

“We did lose some north Texas teams, but we’ve still got perennial powers like Ridge Point, The Woodlands, Kingwood Park, Decatur and Dripping Springs,” Pearland head coach Christian Dunn said. “The top 30 teams in this tournament were very hard to seed. There’s a lot of strength in those numbers.

“After that, there is plenty of good parity and good local competition. There’s also a good mix of east Texas, central Texas, south Texas and west Texas teams, and a few from the Dallas area, but not as many as in the past.”

All teams will be guaranteed eight matches, and those winning their respective brackets will have played nine matches. First-day action on Thursday begins at 11 a.m., Friday’s play starts at 10 a.m., and Saturday’s final-day action commences at 9 a.m.

Tournament matches will be played at Pearland and Dawson High Schools, along with various junior highs and the recreation center in Pearland. In addition, Friendswood and Manvel will host first-day pool play matches.