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Matthew “Bud” Turner photo
Matthew “Bud” Turner photo
Matthew “Bud” Turner
Hometown: Maben, MS
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Coach Bud Turner was a championship football coach at Maben, Kilmichael, Louisville, Winston Academy, and Bayou Academy. Born in Maben, Coach Turner lettered in several sports and received a football scholarship to play at East Mississippi Community College for the legendary “Bull” Sullivan. He played JUCO football from 1951 to 1953 and completed his college education at Mississippi State. He spent two years in the U. S. Army stationed in Korea and returned for his masters degree again at Mississippi State. Coach Turner launched his 21-year coaching career in 1957. He started as an assistant coach at Maben and then accepted a head coaching position at Kilmichael in 1958. After posting a 6-3-1 season, he moved to Louisville where he served as an assistant coach before being named head coach in 1969. After his team completed a 9-1 season, Bud departed for Winston Academy where he was head coach and the school’s headmaster from 1971 to 1973. After rolling up a 25-6-1 record, Coach Turner was named head coach and school headmaster at Bayou Academy in Cleveland. He led the football program for two seasons with a 9-11 mark from 1974 to 1975. Bud left coaching in 1978 to work in private business at the Hughes Management Corporation. He continued to coach as a volunteer on the high school and junior high levels. Coach Turner returned to Winston Academy in 1986 and 1987 as his teams finished 15-9 in his final stint as a head football coach. Overall, Coach Turner’s high school football teams had a record of 64 wins, 30 losses, and 2 ties. His career in coaching, teaching, and school administration spanned 6 decades. Bud was a longtime MAC member. Coach Turner passed away on February 11, 2019.