Bobby Turner
Personal information
Born: (1949-05-06) May 6, 1949 (age 73)
Midway, Alabama[1]
Career information
High school:East Chicago (IN) Washington
College:Indiana State
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards

Robert Turner Jr. (born May 6, 1949) is an American football running backs coach. From 1995 until 2021, he worked exclusively on the staffs of Mike Shanahan during his time with the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins and then his son Kyle with the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers.

Coaching career

Early coaching career

Early in his coaching days, Turner worked as an assistant football and basketball coach at Kokomo, Indiana's Haworth High School from 1972–74.

College coaching

He moved to the college ranks in 1975, working for the Indiana State University football program in various roles until 1982.

In 1983, he went to Fresno State University, where he was the team's running backs coach through 1988. One of the players he coached was future coach Kelly Skipper.

In his final collegiate coaching stop before moving to the NFL, Turner served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Purdue University from 1991–94. While at Purdue, he would coach RB Mike Alstott.

Turner was the running backs coach at Ohio State University from 1989–90; in this period, the Buckeyes reached bowl games in both seasons and had the top rushing game in the Big Ten Conference in 1989.[2] In 1990, he would coach running backs Robert Smith, Butler By'not'e, and Raymont Harris.


From 1995–2009 Turner worked as the running backs coach for the Denver Broncos.[3] This was after over 20 years as a college assistant.


In 2010, he was hired to be the running backs coach by his former colleague, Mike Shanahan, after Mike was selected to be the new head coach of the Washington Redskins.[4]


On February 3, 2015, Dan Quinn announced that Turner would be his Running Backs coach.[5]

In the 2016 season, Turner and the Falcons reached Super Bowl LI, where they faced the New England Patriots on February 5, 2017. In the Super Bowl, the Falcons fell in a 34–28 overtime defeat.[6]


In 2017 Turner became the running backs coach for the 49ers.

On March 1st, 2022 it was reported that Turner was not returning to the San Francisco 49ers for the 2022 season to rehab from two surgeries.

Personal life

Turner grew up in East Chicago, Indiana and attended EC's Washington High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete. He played basketball for Johnnie Baratto. He graduated from Indiana State University.[2]


  1. ^ Tales from the SunnySide: Bobby Turner - It's All Over, Fat Man! Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Redskins Name Turner Assistant Head Coach". WBOC-TV. January 14, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  3. ^ "Turner leaves Broncos for Redskins". ESPN. Associated Press. January 14, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Reid, Jason (January 14, 2010). "Bobby Turner officially named running backs coach". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  5. ^ McClure, Vaughn (February 3, 2015). "Dan Quinn has final say on roster". Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved August 6, 2017.