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Norv Turner

Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner in 2011 game.

Norv Turner
May 17 1952 (1952-05-17) (age 72)
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune,
North Carolina
Alma Mater
University of Oregon
Coaching career Information
Career coaching record
Current overall record:
Regular season record:
Playoff record:
Coaching jobs/Timeline
1975 Oregon
(graduate assistant)

1976–1979 USC
(wide receivers coach)

1980 USC
(defensive backs coach

1981–1983 USC
(quarterbacks coach)

1984 USC
(offensive coordinator)

1985–1990 Los Angeles Rams
(Wide Receivers Coach)

1991–1993 Dallas Cowboys
(Offensive Coordinator)

1994–2000 Washington Redskins
(Head Coach)

2001 San Diego Chargers
(Offensive Coordinator)

2002–2003 Miami Dolphins
(Offensive Coordinator)

2004–2005 Oakland Raiders
(Head Coach)

2006 San Francisco 49ers
(Offensive Coordinator)

2007–2012 San Diego Chargers
(Head Coach)

Norval "Norv" Eugene Turner (born May 17, 1952) [1] is the current Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers. He previously served as the Head Coach for the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders. His explosive offense, built around a strong ground attack and the ability to strike fast via the deep pass, is referred to as "Norv-West Air",[2] a play on the name of an airline with a similar name. He is the brother of former University of Illinois head football coach and former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner.

Turner has coached the most games in NFL history among head coaches with an overall losing record.[3][4]


Early career[]

Turner was a student at Alhambra High School in Martinez, California. In football, he played quarterback and safety. He graduated from Alhambra in 1970 and then attended the University of Oregon, where he was a back-up quarterback to future San Diego Charger and Hall of Famer Dan Fouts.

Head Coaching Career[]

Washington Redskins[]

After his success with the Dallas Cowboys, Norv Turner was named the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins. He served with the team for 6 years before being fired. He remains the only coach to be fired mid-season with a winning record post-merger. He was replaced by Terry Robiskie.

Oakland Raiders[]

After firing Bill Callahan, Al Davis hired Norv Turner as the coach for his team. He only served with the Raiders for two years. His record during those two years was poor, and the team had only won a single game against a divisional rival in that time.

San Diego Chargers[]

In 2007 Norv Turner was named Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers. Though he had a slow start, he lead the team to it's first playoff win in 13 years. Turner's Chargers are known for having a weak start, and then picking up mid-season. A trend that apparently is continuing in 2010. Despite this, he recently signed a 3 year extension with the team.

On October 4, 2009, Turner recorded his 100th career loss as an NFL head coach.

The Chargers started the 2010 season with a 2–3 record for the fourth consecutive year,[5] before dropping to 2–5.[6] On November 28, 2010, Turner recorded his 100th win as an NFL head coach.

On September 11, 2011, Turner recorded his 100th regular season win as an NFL head coach with a 24–17 opening game victory at home, over the Vikings. He proceeded to coach the team to a 4–1 record before the team began a six-game losing streak, their longest such streak since 2001.[7]

NFL coaching record[]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
WAS 1994 3 13 0 .188 5th in NFC East - -
WAS 1995 6 10 0 .375 3rd in NFC East
WAS 1996 9 7 0 .563 3rd in NFC East
WAS 1997 8 7 1 .531 2nd in NFC East
WAS 1998 6 10 0 .375 4th in NFC East
WAS 1999 10 6 0 .625 1st in NFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFC Divisional Game
WAS 2000 7 6 0 .538 3rd in NFC East
WAS Total 49 59 1 .454 1 1 .500
OAK 2004 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC West
OAK 2005 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC West
OAK Total 9 23 0 .281 - - -
SD 2007 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC West 2 1 .666 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.
SD 2008 8 8 0 .500 1st in AFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Divisional Game.
SD 2009 13 3 0 .786 1st in AFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to New York Jets in AFC Divisional Game.
SD 2010 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC West
SD 2011 8 8 0 .500 2nd in AFC West
SD 2012 7 9 0 .400 2nd in AFC West
SD Total 55 40 0 .579
Total 113 122 1 .481

Coaching tree[]

NFL head coaches under whom Norv Turner served:

Following first head-coaching job

Assistant coaches under Norv Turner who have become NFL head coaches:


  1. Norv `The Paperboy' Turner Delivers Good News For Cowboys' Offense - Chicago Tribune. (1994-01-16). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  2. Coryell’s, Turner’s teams different, but not by much. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  3. Norv Turner Is Going To Be Fired, GM A.J. Smith May Join Him. The Big Lead (2011-12-04). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  4. Coaches, Records, and Coaching Totals. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  5. Judge, Clark. "Another slow start for Chargers? After lockout, maybe not",, CBS Interactive, August 20, 2011. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. 
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named silver
  7. Williamson, Bill. (2011-01-02) San Diego no longer an elite program - AFC West Blog - ESPN. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.

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