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Duke names two new assistant coaches baseball staff

Posted Thursday, July 28, 2005

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Durham, NC - Duke University head baseball coach Sean McNally announced Thursday the hiring of two full-time assistants to his first collegiate coaching staff for the 2006 season. Dave Turgeon and Matthew Boggs will join recently hired McNally in guiding the Blue Devil baseball program into the 2006 campaign.

“I am very excited to be able to add such high caliber individuals to my staff,” said McNally. “With recruiting and player development at the top of my list, it was a priority to bring in coaches who could step in and immediately make an impact on our program, I feel with coach Turgeon and coach Boggs we have done just that.”

Turgeon will serve as the associate head coach after working at the University of Connecticut for the past two seasons. He will oversee the pitching staff and operate as the recruiting coordinator for the Duke ball club.

During the past year he oversaw the pitching staff for the Huskies, who finished the 2005 season 34-22 overall, had a team ERA of 4.10. He currently has four pitchers playing for various teams and leagues across the East Coast, including Tim Norton who leads the Cape Cod Baseball League with 53 strikeouts as a member of the Falmouth Commodores.

Boggs is a 2002 Georgia Tech graduate and has spent the past two seasons working as an assistant coach for the Green Wave of Tulane. He will be an assistant coach with the Blue Devil staff, focusing on the outfielders and serving as the hitting coach.

Boggs coached first base for Tulane during the 2005 campaign. While there he learned under the tutelage of 2005 College Baseball Coach of the Year Rick Jones and helped guide the Green Wave to its second College World Series berth, a school-record tying 56 wins and the Conference USA regular season and co-tournament titles, due to rain out of the championship game.

Tulane finished ranked eighth in the NCAA with 2.41 doubles per game, hit .318 at the plate, good enough for 20th in the country and averaged 1.24 home runs per, finishing 13th in the nation.

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Turgeon spent the 2002-2003 academic year as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Boston College. While a member of the Eagles staff he worked directly with 2004 Cardinals first round draft pick, 19th overall, pitcher Chris Lambert. During his tenures at Boston College and UConn, both team’s ERAs have dropped and both schools set records for wins.

“To add a great communicator like Dave who has such an extensive background as both a player and manager in the professional ranks in addition to college coaching experience is a great coup for our program,” said McNally.

Prior to his appointment at BC, he enjoyed a 13-year professional playing career – the first five in the field where he advanced to the AA level, the last eight as a pitcher where he rose to the AAA level – and then managed and coached three years in the Cleveland Indians organization. A 1987 graduate of Davidson College, where he was inducted into the Wildcat Hall of Fame in 2005, Turgeon followed his collegiate career by playing professional ball both in the United States and overseas.

From 1987-90, he was an infielder in the New York Yankees system and played for both Stump Merrill and Buck Showalter. From 1991-1999, he played in Holland (1991), France (1992), Taiwan (1993-96, 1998) and Mexico (1997-99). In 1998, he returned to the United States and played for the Rochester Red Wings, the Baltimore Orioles’ Class AAA affiliate.

During his playing career, Turgeon earned numerous accolades. He was a three-time all-star selection in Taiwan. He captured 1998 Player of the Year honors with the Reynosa Broncos, a Class AAA team in the Mexican League. After concluding his playing career, Turgeon served in various coaching capacities with the Indians. Among his positions he managed the Burlington Indians of the Appalachian League (2000); managed the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League (2001); and worked at the Indians’ extended spring training in Winter Haven, Fla. (2002). Turgeon was a three-time All Southern Conference selection at third base at Davidson and was an All-Region pick his senior year.

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A standout off the field and on, Boggs was a four-time ACC Honor Roll student, claimed Verizon District III Academic All-America honors in 1999, 2001 and 2002, and as a senior, earned national second-team Academic All-America recognition.

“Matthew Boggs brings many assets to our program,” said McNally. “He is extremely bright, organized and hardworking. He has ACC playing experience and the time he has spent at an academic institution like Tulane, with great on the field success, certainly will work to our benefit.”

In his first season at Tulane, Boggs helped guide outfielders Matt Barket and Brian Bogusevic to All-America campaigns, and his hitting assistance helped the Green Wave post the sixth-most hits and ninth-highest batting average in school history.

Boggs joined the Tulane family in August 2003 after spending the previous season at Georgia Southern, where he worked primarily with the catchers, and his battery helped the Eagles finish third in the nation in strikeouts and advance to the championship game of the Southern Conference Tournament.

Under Boggs’ tutelage, Eagles catcher A.J. Zickgraf threw out a league-leading 31 base runners, held opponents to a .465 success rate in stolen bases and earned SoCon Player of the Week honors on April 16, 2003.

A four-year starter at Georgia Tech where he saw time in the infield and outfield from 1998-2002 (he received a medical-redshirt in 2000), Boggs was a noted leadoff hitter and compiled a career on-base percentage of .463. Known to have an exceptional eye at the plate, Boggs tallied 135 walks while striking out just 98 times in 772 career at-bats. He was also a versatile student-athlete, seeing time at third base as well as in the outfield.

Although he hit better than .300 in each of his four seasons in Atlanta, Boggs saved his best season for last as he hit .363 with a career-best 12 doubles, two triples and 43 RBI in 2002 while helping Georgia Tech advance to the College World Series. Voted team captain as a junior and senior, he finished his career with a .337 batting average with 32 doubles, 110 RBI and 41 stolen bases.

A native of Dalton, Ga., Boggs completed his bachelor’s degree in textile and fiber engineering from Georgia Tech in 2001, and enrolled in graduate school during his final season of eligibility.

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Duke names two new assistant coaches baseball staff
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