Jim Turner

Head Softball Coach Jim Turner

Head baseball and softball coach Jim Turner is beginning his 30th year at FPD and has taken teams on the diamond and turned them into competitive and regular contenders.

During his time as skipper of the FPD softball squad, Turner has captured multiple firsts in program history, including a state championship in 2007. The Vikings also were State Runners-Up in 2006 and have won six region titles (2005, ’06, ’08, ’10, ’11, ’12).

During his time as the head baseball coach at FPD, Turner led the 1992 and 2010 teams to state titles. The 2010 State Championship team was perhaps the sweetest of all, defeating Tattnall Square in the last season the Vikings would compete in the GISA.

Along with accomplishments at the state level, Turner also guided the Viking baseball team to region titles in 1986, ’93, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’02, ’03, and ’13, the latter of which is the first baseball region title as a member of the GHSA.

His success on the field is evidenced by four professional baseball signees and 11 NCAA Division I signees. Turner has also helped five fast pitch players advance to the collegiate level of competition.

While his main priority over the years has been FPD softball and baseball, Turner actually served as an assistant coach for the FPD football team for 16 years. Turner also assisted the boy’s basketball squad for 17 years.

He also spent the 2003-2004 school year as the head baseball coach at Houston County High School.

Turner has garnered multiple accolades in his time coaching. He was named GISA Coach of the Year in 1992 for baseball and in 2007 for softball. Turner was also tabbed as the Macon Telegraph All-Middle Georgia Coach of the Year in 2007. Other awards for Turner include being named a coach for the GISA All-Star Baseball Game in 1991, 1992 and 2003 as well as coaching the GISA All-Star fastpitch team in 2007.

A graduate of Lanier High School in 1970, Turner then went on to the University of Georgia on a baseball scholarship. He lettered all four years for the Bulldogs, was Captain of the 1973 squad and a member of the All-SEC Academic team in 1974.

Turner was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds organization in the 26th round of the MLB draft, playing in Billings, Seattle and Tampa.

At FPD, Turner teaches Physical Education and Bible. He is married to his wife, Joan, and they have two daughters, Sarah Beth Wheeler and Brooke Westbrook.