Dave Turgeon has enjoyed a career in baseball that includes thirteen years of professional playing experience that has spanned the globe combined with decades of managing and coaching experience at the professional and collegiate levels. Dave Turgeon was drafted out of Davidson College in North Carolina in the 1987 MLB June Amateur Draft in the 22nd round by the New York Yankees. Dave went on to play thirteen seasons of professional baseball seven in the minors, and six in independent ball as a shortstop turned corner infielder. As a player, Turgeon has a unique background of being drafted by the New York Yankees as an infielder and rising to the level of AA and then converting to pitcher and rising to the level of AAA. During his time with the Yankees Organization he had the privilege of playing for Buck Showalter and Stump Merril as well as being part of a Carolina League Championship team. Spending the next several years overseas he converted to pitcher and ended up pitching in the AAA Mexican League as well as AAA with the Orioles Organization in 1998 almost twelve years after signing as an infielder with the Yankees. Overseas, he became a 3-time All Star in Taiwan and took home Player of the Year honors in 1998 while with the Reynoso Broncos.
As a Coach, Turgeon has managed and coached at the professional level as well as coached at the collegiate level. His first stop was in the Cleveland Indians organization in 1999. After which he spent time in various college coaching roles with Boston College, UConn, Duke and Virginia Tech. His passion for working with professional players steered his career to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010.
Dave is also a contributing blogger on USA Baseball’s website, and he spends at least one week a month helping out at the Pirates complex in the Dominican Republic.
The Groton, CT native was a 3 time All-Southern Conference selection at third base for Davidson and earned all Southeast Region honors as a senior. In 2005 he was inducted into the Davidson Wildcats Hall of Fame and in 2006, was inducted into the St Bernard High School Hall of Fame (Uncasville, CT).