Laurie Turner has served as the athletic director at Pacific Lutheran since the 2005-2006 academic year. Under her direction, the Lutes have captured 21 Northwest Conference titles in nine different sports while the softball team hoisted an NCAA Division III national championship in 2012. Turner has cultivated an atmosphere of success both on and off the field of competition with 121 student-athletes earning the NWC Scholar-Athlete award in 2015-2016.
Prior to Pacific Lutheran, Turner was the senior associate athletic director at the University of California San Diego from 2001-2005. Before UCSD, Turner had stints as the senior associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator at the University of Toledo and was the director of academic athletic services and student development at the University of Idaho. Turner began her career in athletic administration at Eastern Oregon State College (now Eastern Oregon University) as the athletic director.
A recognized name nationally among athletic administrators, Turner served on the board of directors for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators from 2002-2006.
Turner got her start as a women’s basketball coach, beginning at her alma mater Washington State University before serving as head coach at both Eastern Oregon and Idaho. Turner also served as the head volleyball coach and an assistant for the men’s track & field squad at Eastern Oregon.
Turner received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Washington State University. She was a four year student-athlete in basketball at WSU, earning Second Team All-Northwest Basketball League accolades and National Scouting Association AIAW Region IX All-American honors as a senior and was inducted into the Washington State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.