Kip Turner

Kip Turner is in his fifth season at Virginia and his 10th season under Lars Tiffany.

For the third year in a row in 2019, Turner helped UVA finish No. 1 nationally in ground balls per game (41.55) as the Cavaliers tied a program record for wins (17) while capturing the NCAA and ACC titles. Overseeing faceoffs and goalies, two of Turner’s pupils shined in 2019. Alex Rode was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2019 NCAA Tournament after going 4-0 with 43 saves between the pipes. Rode recorded 18 saves against Duke in the NCAA semifinal round and posted 13 saves against Yale in the NCAA final. Freshman Petey LaSalla was stellar all season at the faceoff X, including going a perfect 6-of-6 in overtime periods. LaSalla, a College Crosse (SB Nation) Freshman All-Amercain (1st), finished No. 1 in the ACC with 100 ground balls. He also was No. 2 in the ACC and No. 21 in the nation with a .587 faceoff winning percentage. LaSalla’s 216 faceoff wins rank No. 2 in UVA’s single-season record book.

Turner also assisted in UVA leading the nation in ground balls in 2018 and 2017. In 2017, UVA averaged 43.33 ground balls per game which was nearly seven more ground balls per game then No. 2 Brown (36.56), Turner’s previous coaching stop. Turner helped Brown lead the nation in ground balls in 2016 before he joined Tiffany in Charlottesville for the 2017 campaign.

In 2018, Turner oversaw the emergence of Justin Schwenk at the Faceoff X. Schwenk led the ACC and was No. 12 nationally with the .598 winning percentage. Schwenk also led the ACC in ground balls per game (5.71). Turner also was the face-off coach for Brown, developing Will Gural into an All-American and one of the top face-off men in the nation in 2015 and 2016.

In his first two years at his alma mater, Turner has aided in the development of freshmen goalies. In 2018, Rode led the ACC with 9.20 saves per game. In 2017, Turner aided in the development of first year goalie Griffin Thompson. Thompson went on to tie a UVA freshman goalie single-game record with 18 saves against Robert Morris.

At Brown, Turner helped develop All-Ivy goalies Matt Chriss and Will Round, as well as a slew of young goalkeepers on the Bears squad, including Kelly, who matured into an All-American and a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection.