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Neil Turner leaving Carroll for Pillow
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
May 22, 2014 | 105 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the 1970s Neil Turner was standout baseball player at Greenwood’s Pillow Academy, and next season he will return as a coach.

After four seasons at Carroll Academy in coaching baseball and football, Turner, 55, will be Pillow Academy’s assistant baseball coach next season and will teach economics and government.

A veteran head coach in the Delta, Turner said he’ll keep Carroll Academy and the students dear and close to his heart.

“Carroll Academy was a huge blessing for me,” Turner said.

This past season, Turner led the Carroll Academy Rebels to the Class A playoffs with a 9-11 record, before falling to the Benton Raiders.

It was in 2011, Turner’s first season at Carroll, that is best remembered as one of the most dramatic seasons in the school’s history. The Rebels went 6-6 that season and almost defeated Marshall Academy in the North AA championship. It was CA’s deepest playoff run since 1997.

“Steve Flemming brought me in to coach, and we had a great year,” Turner said. “We had several seniors on that team, and it was filled with drama and the ups and downs. It was one of my best years.”

A 1977 graduate of Pillow Academy, Turner said he is very familiar with the staff at Pillow, and there are some people there that were at the school when he was there in 1993 as an assistant.

Turner said he talked with several of the players at Carroll and actually participated in the spring practices.

“I thank the players, and I wish them nothing but the best,” Turner said. “The kids in the classroom and the athletes, I wish them the best.”

As an assistant for head coach Jimmy McGregor for the football team, Turner helped lead the Rebels to a 2-A championship in 2013 with a 4-7 record.

“I admire Coach [Jimmy] McGregor, and this year they will have a huge offensive line,” Turner said. “The spirit is high for the football team, and I wish them the best of luck.”

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