Eleanor Turner’s coaching career began in the mid 1970’s. From 1977-1979 she was the Head Coach of the New Haven Youth Games. She assisted Head Coach Barbara Thaxton at Wilbur Cross High School until 1981. Together, they guided a Wilbur Cross team that was arguably one of the most dominant ever in Connecticut Girls’ Basketball history.
In 1982, Turner became the Head Coach at Wilbur Cross. From 1983-1985, Turner’s teams won the District League Titles. They were Co-Champs in 1987. In 1984, Cross won the Class LL State Championship and Turner was named New Haven’s Shoot-Out Coach of the Year. She coached Cross until 1990, compiling an overall won/loss record of 100-58. In 1996, Turner was honored by the New Haven Girls’ Basketball Festival with the “Outstanding Coach” Award. Also in 1984, Eleanor was Mississippi Valley State’s 1st female Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee.