Tyra Turner


Tyra Turner competed on the FIVB World Tour from 2005-2012 participating in 53 events and securing nine podium finishes (5 silver medals, 4 bronze) highlighted by a silver at the 2008 Paris Grand Slam with partner Rachel (Wacholder) Scott. During her tenure as a USA National Beach Team Member, she ranked in the top 10 in the world for over 6 years and narrowly missed qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games due to country quota regulations.

Turner was also a top ranked pro on the AVP Tour from 2003-2012, advancing from a 55th to 6th place ranking in her first full season, an AVP record. She appeared in 8 AVP Tour finals with her first win coming in 2008 at the San Diego Open, also with Scott.

Turner was also a dominant player on the indoor side. She played on the U.S. National Team as well as the USPV Minnesota Chill and professional teams in Greece and Turkey

Turner was all-conference for four seasons at the University of Central Florida and AVCA All-District in 1996 and 1997. She was the 1997 Conference Player of the Year as well as being named to the All-Academic team. Named the 1998 UCF Scholar Athlete of the Year as well as the Female Athlete of the Year, upon graduation in 1998 she received a Bachelor's in Speech Language Pathology Communicative Disorders. She holds the school record for blocks and is second in career kills. Her 151 consecutive matches played ranks fifth in NCAA history. In 2004 she was inducted into the UCF Athletic Hall of Fame.

Turner’s coaching career includes stints as a USAV Beach High Performance Camp lead instructor, high school head coach for teams in both California and Florida (boys & girls) and camp instructor/organizer for Florida Volley Star Club. She has been a USAV Beach CAP cadre member since the inception of the program and has been a key contributor to developing the BCAP curriculum.

Turner has been an active advocate for women and diversity in sport, serving as the Beach Athlete Representative to the USAV Board of Directors and USAV Executive Committee. She has also served on the Rochester Diversity Council and the Resident Advisory Committee at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Currently Turner coaches with Florida Gulfside Academy. Formerly Tyra Harper, she married fellow AVP player Chad Turner in January 2005. They live in Ft. Meyers, Florida, with their three sons Myles, Blake, and Preston.