Jack Turner drove within a shadow of Carroll County High School from his home in Pulaski County throughout the 2017 football season when he was an assistant coach at Galax.
Now Turner can turn left when he gets to Hillsville.
Turner, a former head coach at Pulaski County and Auburn, added another stop to his resume when he was named Monday night to take over the program at Carroll County.
“He’s got a good track record,” Carroll County principal Chuck Thompson said of Turner. “He’s very confident that he’ll be able to have success.”
Turner compiled a 42-33 record from 2003-09 at Pulaski County, and his Auburn teams were 20-25 with three consecutive Group A playoff appearances after he inherited a program that had a 29-game losing streak.
Turner served as an assistant coach at Franklin County in 2011 and assisted Mark Dixon at Galax last fall after spending the 2016 season out of coaching.
Turner is a Pulaski County native who was a longtime assistant for the Cougars under VHSL Hall of Fame coach Joel Hicks.
Turner replaces Eddie Sloss, who spent the past four seasons as the Cavaliers’ head coach with three of those as a member of the brutal River Ridge District before joining the Three Rivers in 2017.
Carroll County went 5-35 under Sloss, and the Cavaliers have not had a winning season since 2010 when they were members of the Southwest District.
Carroll was 2-8 in 2017 after three consecutive 1-9 seasons. The Cavaliers’ 32-12 season-ending victory over James River was their first district win since 2012.
Thompson said Turner will teach a fitness class at Carroll County, working closely with the weight lifting program. Turner has not finalized his assistant coaching staff, Thompson said.
Thompson said Carroll County returns 48 varsity and JV players. The new coach is looking for more.
“He’s already working on that,” Thompson said. “He’s been over here a few times talking to the kids.”