Hawaii Grown Report:
Turbin’s passion turns to coaching
Like many college athletes at the end of their careers, Derek Turbin
was struggling to take that next step in life.
"After my football career was done, I was kind of just trying to figure it all out," the '02 Punahou graduate said. "Coaching in the meantime seemed like a great thing to do to satisfy my passions."
The competitive fire that helped Turbin become a two-sport athlete at Occidental still burned inside him.
After serving as an assistant in the fall, he became the youngest NCAA coach in the country at 23 years old when he was announced as the interim head track and field coach at Occidental College on Nov. 16.
"Coach (Rob Bartlett) said early in the year he was going to have to take a leave of absence for the upcoming track season," Turbin said. "Right then and there I was pretty certain I'd be the guy asked."
Turbin earned All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors three times in both football and track, and capped his senior season by playing in the Hula Bowl in Hawaii.
The transition from player to coach hasn't been as difficult as he imagined, but he does feel a lot more pressure.
"I guess the biggest thing being a coach is that the weight of the whole team is on your shoulders," Turbin said. "I have the responsibility of putting all 70 or so athletes in the right position to succeed."
Coaching has always been in the back of his mind, but it didn't become a real possibility until recently.
He understands he's still just the interim coach and Bartlett is expected to return the following year. But he also knows it'll be a great experience to hopefully propel him to bigger and better things.
"It's a great takeoff point for a lot of coaching careers," he said. "I'm ready to do it full-time now and am really committing myself to it."
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