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Fri. August 27, 2010 | Adam Berry

It might be somewhat of an understatement to say this summer has been hectic for Allie Turley.

The former Brandon boys basketball coach resigned from his position in May, accepted the girls basketball coaching job at Lennard, then landed at Eastern Kentucky University as the women’s basketball team’s director of basketball operations last week.

Given the chance to join a college coaching staff, return to his alma mater and further his career, Turley said it was an opportunity he simply couldn’t pass up.

“That’s been my ultimate goal, to get back to the college level,” Turley said in a phone interview Friday. “I knew going into the high school thing that I didn’t want to be a high school coach forever. I wanted to try to work my way back up to the college level, and this just kind of turned out to be a great opportunity and a great step forward.”

Turley initially stepped down as the boys basketball coach at Brandon and accepted the Lennard job in order to move closer to his wife, April, and 17-month-old son, Collyer. He was also looking to gain more experience at the helm of a girls team, as he eventually hopes to become a Division-I women’s basketball coach.

He had already started summer workouts with Lennard and said he was excited about working with the team. But EKU head coach Chrissy Roberts, whom Turley has known for nearly 10 years, unexpectedly called and offered him the job.

“It was kind of one of those things where I hated to leave Lennard the way I did, as quickly as I did like that, not even getting started with them the way I wanted,” Turley said. “But it just seemed like I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make this jump to the college level, especially Division-I.”

At EKU, his responsibilities include working with the team budget, arranging travel plans and “handling a lot on the business side of things.” For now, though, Turley and his family are just trying to get settled in Richmond, Ky., after a busy summer.

But that hasn’t stopped Turley from occasionally looking toward his future, as he is hoping this summer’s whirlwind of career moves won’t be his last.

“I definitely don’t want to be a D-Op forever,” Turley said. “I’d like to be able to, in the next year or two, possibly make that jump to being an assistant coach at the college level, and then from there, see where it takes me.”

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