Aug. 30, 2010
David Turcotte was a four-year starter and letterwinner as a basketball player at Colorado State University, but he was a basketball contradiction. He grew up in Canada where he was an outstanding all-around athlete who earned varsity letters in six sports. He was a particularly good hockey player, probably good enough to be drafted by the NHL. Heck, the guy didn’t even pick up a basketball until he was in the eighth grade, but eventually helped his high school team to three straight regional titles and set his school’s scoring record.
Turcotte eventually became a CSU Ram. At 6’3”, 210 pounds he was a solid guard who proved in four years at CSU that he was willing to do just about anything to win. He dove for loose balls, took charges and went inside to get important rebounds. When the game was on the line he wanted the ball in his hands. In 1988 he was instrumental in the Ram’s third place finish in the National Invitational Tournament. David scored 1,508 points during his college career, the fifth most by any player in school history and the most ever in school history by a guard. He set a school record by playing in 123 games (since eclipsed by Pat Durham’s 125). He was a two-time honorable mention all-WAC pick and was on all-WAC academic in 1988. David graduated in 1988 with a degree in economics and finance.
Turcotte played for two years on the Canadian National Team before earning a spot on the 1988 Canadian Olympic Team. But he wasn’t satisfied with simply making the team. At the Olympics Qualifying Tournament in Montevideo, Uruguay, he put in a memorable show. For example, against Brazil he held scoring machine Oscar Schmidt to just 3 points in 18 minutes in the second half. Oscar was the star in Brazil’s stunning upset of the U.S. team in the Pan Am games. Turcotte also proved his worth at the offensive end during that tournament to solidify his position on the team. He also played on the 1992 Olympic team.
After the 1988 Olympics David continued to compete and also studied law at Brigham Young University. He earned his law degree in 1992. Following the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and his formal graduation in 1993, he began to practice law and retired from professional sports in 1995.
A successful practice in business, contract and real estate litigation brought a wealth of experience and enabled Turcotte to venture into financing of real estate development and business start-ups. During his career, he presided over or participated in the startup and financing of well over 100 companies and many real estate development projects in the U.S. and Costa Rica.
David Turcotte lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is back into the game of basketball as an assistant coach for the ABA Salt Lake City Saints.