Darren Turpin, Jr.
Darren is entering his 6th year as the Head Assistant Coach for College of the Redwoods. Coach Turpin is also in his 2nd year as the Assistant Director of Residential Life for Redwoods.
Originally, from Compton, Ca, Darren was a 2008 graduate of Dominguez High School, where he was a three-year varsity player and a two-year starter as a forward. Darren helped the Dons attain the 2004 CIF-SS Div.1 Championship, 2008 CIF- SS Div. 1 Championship, 2008 CIF-Southern Regional Championship, and 2008 CIF Div. 1 State Runner-up. Darren individually received Second Team All-Conference in 2007. He also played High School AAU Basketball for Branch West Academy and the I-Can All-Stars.
Darren then attended Navarro College in Corsicana, TX, from 2009-2011, where he was a part of the 2010 NJCAA Final Four team. He received the Junkyard Dawg Award in 2011. Graduating from Navarro College with his AA Degree in General Studies, he continued his collegiate basketball career at Humboldt State University from 2011-2013. As a Lumberjack he was part of history, winning the University's first CCAA Tournament Championship in 2012 and appearing in the 2012 NCAA Div. 2 National Tournament. Darren received the 2013 Axe Man of the Year Award.
Before joining the College of the Redwoods, Coach Turpin worked as a Head Coach for Boys Basketball at Arcata High School from 2013-2017. He was the Frosh Boys Head Coach for 2 years and Junior Varsity Boys Head Coach for 2 years. Along with coaching high school, Darren coached AAU for the Humboldt Wild and the Eureka Beast.
Darren received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 2017 from Humboldt State University and a Masters in Coaching and Athletics Administration in 2020 from Concordia University of Irvine.