223 Intercollegiate Athletics Building l rdturner@uci.edu  

Head Coach Russell Turner

Russell Turner, in his sixth year as head coach at UC Irvine, has guided the Anteaters to 65 wins over the past three seasons and postseason appearances each of those years.

Turner guided UCI to the program’s first NCAA Division I Tournament berth last season, 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.

In the Big West Tournament last March, the ‘Eaters defeated UC Riverside in the quarterfinals, UC Santa Barbara in the semifinals and Hawai’i in the championship game.

Turner’s 2014-15 Anteaters finished 21-13 overall and earned the program’s third consecutive postseason appearance.  His 2013 squad competed in the CollegeInsider.com (CIT) Tournament and the 2014 ‘Eaters played in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

His Anteater teams have consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top defensive teams.  Last season, as the Anteaters set a new school record for lowest defensive average at 62.1 points per game and were 15-1 when limiting the opposition to under 40-percent shooting from the field. 

In the final NCAA statistics last season, the Anteaters ranked 26th in blocked shots per game (4.9), 27th in field-goal percentage defense (.394) and 28th in total blocked shots (168).  UCI was 27th nationally last season in three-point field goal percentage at .389.

UCI has won 48 of its last 50 games when holding the opposition to 60 points or less and the Anteaters have won 36 of their last 44 games (.818) in the Bren Events Center.

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.

He guided the ‘Eaters to a 23-12 overall record in 2013-14 and a 13-3 mark in Big West play.  The 23 wins tied for the second-highest mark in UCI history.  Five of his players received Big West postseason recognition.   

The ‘Eaters advanced to the championship game of the 2013 Big West Tournament, topping Hawai’i and No. 1 seed Long Beach State before falling to Pacific in the final.

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  
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

Nick Booker is in his fifth season as an assistant coach with the UC Irvine program, and sixth overall, after serving as the director of basketball operations in 2010-11.

Prior to joining the Anteater staff, he spent three years on the staff at Saddleback Community College, including the 2009-10 team that won the state championship. He served as Saddleback's interim head coach during the 2007-08 season.

Booker also served one season on the staff at Miramar Community College and prior to that he was at Vista High School in 2006-07, when he coached future NCAA Division I players Kenny Lawson (Creighton University) and Quincy Lawson (Loyola Marymount). He also coached one season (2005-06) at La Jolla High.

Booker was a three-year starter at Davidson College for Coach Bob McKillop, including the 2002-03 Southern Conference championship team and NCAA Tournament first-round participant against Ohio State.

He earned his B.A. in history from Davidson in 2006 and his Master's in physical education from Azusa Pacific in 2010.

Booker and his wife, Jamila, have two sons, Philip and Kaleb, and a daughter, 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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