SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Castleton University alumna Jessica (Banks) Turner '09, a two-time MVP for the Spartan women's basketball team, has been named the head coach of the Skidmore College women's basketball program, announced Wednesday by the Thoroughbred athletic department.
Turner played at Castleton from 2005 to 2009, leading the Spartans to a 72-39 (.649) overall record, including a 49-16 (.754) mark within the North Atlantic Conference. As a senior, she led the Spartans to the 2009 NAC Tournament title, first defeating Maine-Farmington in overtime, 61-59, before dishing out nine assists in Castleton's 63-57 win over Husson on the Eagles' home floor, with Turner earning All-Tournament honors in the process.
A three-time All-NAC selection, including two First Team honors, Turner is one of 16 players in Castleton women's basketball history to score at least 1,000 career points, finishing with 1,120 points during her time at Castleton. She is second in Spartan history with 426 career assists, fourth on the Castleton all-time lists for both career three-point field goal percentage (.361) and career made three-pointers (205), tied for fifth for most games played in a career (111), and eighth in career steals (182).
After graduating from Castleton in 2009, she started her coaching career as an assistant at Green Mountain College for three seasons. She moved on to join the coaching staff at Middlebury College as an assistant coach, helping the Panthers to 64 victories over the past five seasons as well as a top-15 ranking in the 2016-17 WBCA Division III Academic Top 25.
"It is truly an honor to be selected as the next women's basketball coach at Skidmore," Turner was quoted as saying in the press release announcing her hiring. "I am humbled and incredibly excited by this amazing opportunity! I am thrilled to work with such a talented group of young women."