223 Intercollegiate Athletics Building l rdturner@uci.edu  

Head Coach Russell Turner

Russell Turner, who recently completed his sixth year as head coach at UC Irvine, has guided the Anteaters to 93 wins and postseason appearances in the last four years (2013 CIT, 2014 NIT, 2015 NCAA and 2016 CIT).  UCI advanced to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) this past March.

He led UCI to a 28-10 record this past season, setting school records for overall victories (28), non-conference wins (15) and road victories (13).

The Anteaters went 13-3 in Big West play to earn a share of the conference regular-season title, UCI's second in the past three years.

His Anteater teams have consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top defensive teams.  UCI ranked third in the nation this season in field-goal percentage defense (.383) and seventh in total blocked shots (198).

Turner earned career win No. 100 with the Anteaters in UCI’s 80-62 victory over Norfolk State Dec. 22, 2015, to claim the championship of the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas.

He guided UCI to the program’s first NCAA Division I Tournament berth in 2015 as the Anteaters won the Big West Conference Tournament for the first time in school history to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tourney.  UCI took three-time national champion Louisville to the wire in the NCAA Second Round, falling 57-55 to the Cardinals in Seattle, Wash.

Turner was named 2014 Big West Conference Coach of the Year and NABC District 9 Coach of the Year after leading the Anteaters to their first league regular-season title in 12 years and a second consecutive 20-win season.

Turner was named UC Irvine's head coach April 9, 2010, after serving the previous six seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association following positions at Stanford University and Wake Forest University.

Turner also served as a coach for the Warriors' summer-league entry in Las Vegas for five seasons. He has been an active participant in the NBA's international outreach camps, including Basketball without Borders, representing the league in Turkey, China and Lithuania. BWB is a program that uses basketball to create positive social change in education, health and wellness.

Turner was a member of Mike Montgomery's Stanford University staff from 2000-04 when the Cardinal had a combined overall record of 105-24 (.814), including 59-13 (.819) in Pac-10 play. Stanford won Pac-10 regular-season titles in 2001 and 2004, was ranked No. 1 in the polls both seasons, and advanced to the NCAA tournament each of Turner's four years, including the West Regional final in 2001.

The list of players he worked with at Stanford includes All-Americans Josh Childress, Casey Jacobsen, Jarron Collins and Jason Collins.

Prior to Stanford, Turned worked under Dave Odom as an assistant at Wake Forest University from 1994-2000.

The Demon Deacons won 161 games in those six seasons, advancing to the NCAA tournament three times, including the Midwest Regional final in 1996. Tim Duncan was a three-time All-American during Turner's tenure at Wake Forest.

Turner's first coaching position was as an assistant at his alma mater, Hampden-Sydney (Va.) College in 1993-94.

As a player at Hampden-Sydney, Turner was a two-time All-American (1991 & 1992) and set the school's career scoring record of 2,272 points. He was a member of Hampden-Sydney's first two NCAA tournament teams and was inducted into Hampden-Sydney's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

He graduated magna cum laude in 1992 with a B.A. in English and economics, and earned numerous academic honors including election into Phi Beta Kappa.

Turner is a native of Roanoke, Va.  He and his wife, Elizabeth, a physician, have two children, Devlin and Darius.



The Turner File

  • 2014 Big West and NABC District 9 Coach of the Year
  • Assistant Coach, Golden State Warriors
  • Assistant Coach, Stanford
  • Assistant Coach, Wake Forest
  • All-American, Hampden-Sydney (1991, 1992)
Turner Coaching Record
Year School Record Conf./ Finish  
2016 UC Irvine 28-10 (.737) 13-3/T1st  
2015 UC Irvine 21-13 (.618) 11-5/T2nd  
2014 UC Irvine 23-12 (.657) 13-3/1st  
2013 UC Irvine 21-16 (.568) 11-7/4th  
2012 UC Irvine 12-20 (.375) 6-10/T6th  
2011 UC Irvine 13-19 (.406) 6-10/T7th   



Contact Coach Turner

Email: rdturner@uci.edu

Office: IAB 223


Associate Head Coach Ali Ton

Ali Ton is in his sixth season on the UC Irvine staff and was named associate head coach in the fall of 2012.

A highly-acclaimed recruiter in the U.S. and internationally, Ton was an assistant coach at Radford University for the previous three seasons. One of his recruiting highlights at Radford was All-American and two-time Big South Player of the Year, Art Parakhouski from Minsk, Belarus.

Radford reached the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09 for the second time in the school's history.

Ton is not a stranger to Orange County. He was a standout point guard at Los Alamitos High School, earning the honors of All-CIF and MVP of the Sunset League in 1995. He still holds the steals and assists record for the Los Al Griffins.

Ton began his coaching career at his alma mater, Davidson College, helping the Wildcats to the 2004 Southern Conference South Division regular-season title. Ton moved on to Western Carolina following that season and then to Binghamton University in New York for two seasons.

In the summer of 2005, he was an assistant with the Turkish National U-20 team that competed at the European Championships.

Ton was an accomplished point guard at Davidson, finishing his collegiate career as the all-time assists leader and second in steals. He helped the Wildcats reach the NIT Tournament in 1996 and the NCAA Tournament in 1998.

Prior to moving to the coaching ranks, Ton played professional basketball in Turkey for four years. In his final year of pro ball, he was a member of Galatasaray, one of the largest athletic clubs in the world. He is the son of Necmi Ton, who was a professional coach in his native country of Turkey.

Ali Ton earned his bachelor's in political science from Davidson in 1999. He and his wife Elizabeth, who is a Southern California native, have a daughter, Leyla, and son, Kaya.

The Ton File

  • Assistant Coach, Radford University
  • Assistant Coach, Davidson College
  • Assistant Coach, Turkish National U-20 team



Contact Coach Ton

 Email: tonac@uci.edu

Office: IAB 222


Assistant Coach Ryan Badrtalei

Ryan Badrtalei is in his 11th year on the UC Irvine men's basketball staff and seventh as an assistant coach. He is in his sixth year as an assistant under head coach Russell Turner.

Prior to being named an assistant in 2009 by former head coach Pat Douglass, Badrtalei served as video coordinator and director of basketball operations.

With the UCI staff, Badrtalei has roles that include recruiting, player development, scouting and academic coordination. He also has had the opportunity to develop players that compete professionally in the United States and internationally.

He joined the Anteater staff in 2005 after serving the previous two seasons as a varsity assistant and junior varsity coach at Capistrano Valley High School, his alma mater, under Brian Mulligan, the son of former UCI head coach Bill Mulligan.

Badrtalei graduated from UCLA in 2003 with a degree in psychobiology and a minor in education. While at UCLA, he was involved with both the men's and women's basketball programs.   Badrtalei was an academic counselor, peer mentor and was also on the Executive Board of the UCLA Student Alumni Association.

He was involved with various non-profit organizations focused on underprivileged youths in the Los Angeles area.  As a pre-med at UCLA, Badrtalei garnered experience working with professors on various research ventures in psychology and neuroscience.

He and his wife, Drue, a Long Beach State graduate and former U.S. National Water Polo team member, reside in Irvine.  Their son, Drayke, was born in July 2012.

The Badrtalei File

  • Tenth year on the UC Irvine men's basketball staff, sixth as an assistant coach
  • Has served as video coordinator and director of basketball operations
  • Previously worked with the men's and women's basketball programs at UCLA



Contact Coach Badrtalei

 Email: rbadrtal@uci.edu

Office: IAB 221


Assistant Coach Nick Booker

The 2016-17 season is Nick Booker’s seventh year as a member of the UC Irvine basketball staff and his sixth as an assistant coach with the Anteater program.  Booker was promoted to assistant coach prior to the 2011-12 season after serving his first season as the team's director of operations, in which he assisted the basketball coaching staff with travel, purchasing, film exchange, community service and handled many of the day-to-day office duties.

Booker's responsibilities as an assistant include the following: skill development, academic monitoring, recruiting, on-court coaching (defensive emphasis), and summer camps.  Booker is involved in the player-development process and has helped seven players earn All-Big West Conference accolades in his tenure at UC Irvine.

Booker also plays a vital role in the performance of Anteater players in the classroom by working directly with UC Irvine’s academic support center to ensure the players’ obligations are met.  In his career at UC Irvine, Booker has helped sign, and maintain eligibility, of arguably the best recruiting classes in UC Irvine history.

In the 2015-16 season, the Anteaters registered a school-record 28 wins and also set new UCI marks for non-conference victories (15) and road wins (13).  The team advanced to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com (CIT) postseason tournament and the Anteaters had an RPI as high as 41 (best in school history) during the regular season and a final RPI of 68. 

Booker was also involved in the school’s historic 2014-15 season when the Anteaters won the Big West Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.  The Anteaters fell to three-time national champion Louisville by just two points in an NCAA Second-Round game at Seattle, Wash.

What may go unnoticed are Booker’s efforts in helping the Anteaters become one of the most feared defensive teams in the nation.  In the past four seasons, UC Irvine has ranked in the top 25 in field goal percentage defense, including third this past season.

He was also key in the development of Will Davis, who was the 2015 Big West Tournament MVP, 2013 Big West Defensive Player of the Year and two-time all-conference performer, along with being selected to participate in the 2015 NBA Summer League team for the Los Angeles Lakers.  

Booker joined the Anteater staff after serving three seasons as an assistant coach at powerhouse community college, Saddleback College.  Booker was instrumental in helping recruit and develop several All-State players, and the team earned the California Community College State Championship in 2009.

He graduated from Davidson College in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in History. He was a member of the Wildcats’ team under current Davidson College head coach Bob McKillop.  Booker was a starter for the 2002 Southern Conference championship team that competed in the NCAA Tournament against Ohio State.

A native of San Diego, Calif., where he earned four varsity letters at The Bishop’s School, Booker is married to the former Jamila Ewell, who played collegiate soccer at the University of Wyoming. They have three lovely children, Philip, Kaleb, and Ella.

The Booker File

  • Assistant Coach, Saddleback College
  • Assistant Coach, Miramar Community College
  • Three-year starter, Davidson College


Contact Nick Booker

Email: nbooker@uci.edu

Office: IAB 210


Director of Basketball Operations Ryan Schlaich

Ryan Schlaich is in his third year as a member of the UC Irvine staff, serving as the men's basketball director of operations.

In his position, he oversees the program’s day-to-day operations, manages the numerous administrative tasks within the program, coordinates all aspects of team travel, manages all equipment operations, oversees the team managers and is responsible for all program purchasing.

Schlaich previously worked at NAIA Cal State San Marcos as an assistant coach, helping the Cougars to a 23-7 record and an NAIA National Tournament berth in only its second season of existence.  The Cougars ranked as high as sixth in the NAIA Top-25 and had a record of 4-0 against Top-10 opponents.

Prior to San Marcos, Schlaich was a four-year manager at California, where he was head manager for the 2011-12 season. During his time there, the Golden Bears went to the NCAA Tournament in 2009, 2010, and 2012, including winning its first Pac-10 Championship in 50 years during the 2009-10 season. Schlaich graduated from Cal in 2012 with a degree in American Studies.

Schlaich earned his Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine, in 2014.

A native of Concord, Calif., Schlaich attended De La Salle High School where he was head manager for the varsity basketball team all four years.

He and his wife, Samantha, who played softball at UNLV, reside in Irvine.


Contact Ryan Schlaich

Email: mschlaic@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-3234

Office: IAB 210



Director of Basketball Administration Michael Wilder

Michael Wilder, a former UC Irvine standout, is in his second season on the men's basketball staff as the director of administration.

His duties include overseeing all of the team's video operations, monitoring the players' academics, maintaining the recruiting database, working with donor and alumni relations and coordinating the boys' basketball summer camp program.

Wilder, who played for the Anteaters from 2009-13, ranks No. 3 in UCI history in three-point field goals (224), 14th in rebounds (596) and assists (272), and 22nd in points (1,082).  He played in 126 games during his career.

Wilder was named to the All-Big West Conference second team as a junior when he led the 'Eaters in scoring at 11.5 points per game.

As a senior, he hit a game-winning three in a victory over UC Santa Barbara and he scored a team-high 18 points (16 in the second half) in an 88-85 road win at UC Davis when UCI overcame a 19-point halftime deficit.

Wilder played professionally in Spain in 2013-14.




Contact Michael Wilder

Email: mwilder@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-3234

Office: IAB 210

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