Texas Tech on Wednesday announced the hiring of Texas A&M offensive line coach Jim Turner to fill a vacancy on the Red Raiders' staff.
Turner, who turns 47 on Jan. 15, has been with the Aggies since 2008. He will replace Matt Moore, who was dismissed recently after five years coaching Tech's offensive line.
A&M (6-6) is preparing to face Northwestern on Dec. 31 in the Meineke Car Car Bowl of Texas, which is played at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Turner's A&M offensive line had success this season. The Aggies are one of four teams tied for the national lead in fewest sacks allowed with eight. They also rank seventh in the nation in total offense and 21st in rushing offense.
"Jim (Turner) is an excellent coach and we are fortunate to have him on our staff," Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said in an announcement Tech released. "The job he did at Texas A&M is exactly why we wanted him on board. They gave up fewer sacks than anyone in the country, and in this offense the line is critical to your success."
According to his biography on the A&M web site, Turner was a three-year letterman and a two-year starter at fullback for Boston College in the mid-1980s. He has made college coaching stops at Northeastern (1994-98), Louisiana Tech (1999), Harvard (2000-02), Temple (2003-04), Delaware (2005-06) and Boston College (2007).
He was a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer from 1990-94 in Europe, the Middle East and Japan.
Turner started his coaching career with one year at his alma mater, Braintree (Mass.) High School. In 1989, he was offensive coordinator of the Kent Rams in London.