"I am obviously excited to have David join our staff," Shula said. "He brings a great deal of experience and will fit right in with the rest of our coaches. I know he will be a tremendous help in every aspect of our student-athletes' lives, too."
"This is a great opportunity and I am very pleased to be joining Coach Shula and the Alabama staff," Turner said. "I look forward to working closely with Coach (Joe) Kines and the other defensive coaches."
A native of Goldston, N.C., Turner had stops at Minnesota (2001) and was defensive tackles and linebackers coach at the University of Virginia from 1997-2000. He also served as a special teams co-coordinator during his final year at Virginia. He began coaching as an assistant at his alma mater.
In 1988, he moved to North Carolina State, serving two years as a graduate assistant before spending a year as defensive line coach at Indiana (Pa.) University. From 1991-92, Turner served as outside linebackers coach at James Madison, helping the Dukes to a 9-4 record and a berth in the I-AA playoffs.
Turner returned to the NCAA Division I ranks in 1993, serving two seasons as defensive ends coach at the University of Kentucky. In 1995, he returned to North Carolina State, coaching defensive ends and linebackers. Turner joined the Virginia staff in 1997.
Turner is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina where he was a three-time varsity letterman as a running back. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Davidson in 1985.
Turner is married to the former Yvette Modica and the couple has two daughters, Bianca and Alexyia.