Bobby Turner

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Bobby Turner
San Francisco 49ers
Position:Running backs coach
Personal information
Born: (1949-05-06) May 6, 1949 (age 71)
Midway, Alabama[1]
Career information
High school:East Chicago (IN) Washington
College:Indiana State
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

Robert Turner (born May 6, 1949) is an American football coach who is the running backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL).[2] He previously served as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos.

Early coaching career[edit]

Early in his coaching days, Turner worked as an assistant football and basketball coach at Kokomo, Indiana's Haworth High School from 1972–74.

College coaching[edit]

He moved to the college ranks in 1975, working for the Indiana State University football program in various roles until 1982.

In 1983, he went to Fresno State University, where he was the team's running backs coach through 1988. One of the players he coached was future coach Kelly Skipper.

In his final collegiate coaching stop before moving to the NFL, Turner served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Purdue University from 1991–94. While at Purdue, he would coach RB Mike Alstott.

Turner was the running backs coach at Ohio State University from 1989–90; in this period, the Buckeyes reached bowl games in both seasons and had the top rushing game in the Big Ten Conference in 1989.[3] In 1990, he would coach running backs Robert Smith, Butler By'not'e, and Raymont Harris.

Professional coaching[edit]

In 2010, he was hired to be the running backs coach by his former colleague, Mike Shanahan, after Mike was selected to be the new Head Coach of the Washington Redskins.[4] Before this, he held the same position in Denver from 1995–2009;[5] he also worked for 20 years as a college assistant and has over 40 combined years of coaching experience at the professional, collegiate and high school levels. On February 3, 2015, Dan Quinn announced that Turner would be his Running Backs coach.[6]

In the 2016 season, Turner and the Falcons reached Super Bowl LI, where they faced the New England Patriots on February 5, 2017. In the Super Bowl, the Falcons fell in a 34–28 overtime defeat.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Turner grew up in East Chicago, Indiana and graduated from Indiana State University.[3] He attended East Chicago Washington High, where he was a multi-sport athlete. He played basketball for the legendary Indiana High School coach, Johnnie Baratto.


  1. ^ Tales from the SunnySide: Bobby Turner - It's All Over, Fat Man! Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "FALCONS ANNOUNCE SEVERAL ASSISTANT COACHES". February 3, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Redskins Name Turner Assistant Head Coach". WBOC-TV. January 14, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Reid, Jason (January 14, 2010). "Bobby Turner officially named running backs coach". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "Turner leaves Broncos for Redskins". ESPN. Associated Press. January 14, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  6. ^ McClure, Vaughn (February 3, 2015). "Dan Quinn has final say on roster". Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved August 6, 2017.