NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Coast Guard Academy has hired Mike Turgeon as the top assistant for the baseball team for the 2015 season.
Turgeon, who coached the team in the Fall season this year will be head coach C.C. Grant's top assistant this spring.
Turgeon was a sixth round draft choice by the Chicago Cubs in the 1977 draft. He played professional baseball for seven seasons in both the Cubs and Giants organizations playing at the AAA level his last three seasons, he was part of the 40 man roster for both the Cubs and the Giants.
A graduate of St. Bernard High and Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Environmental Sciences, the Turgeon family had eight players play college baseball.
Turgeon led the New York-Penn League in batting with a .344 average and 98 hits in 1978. He helped turn 37 double plays in the Texas League in 1979, before being moved up to Triple-A. His best year came in 1980 for Wichita when he launched 13 homers, drove in 75 runs and batted .249.
The Bears were 16-16 last season including 8-9 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.