Greg Burns, who was a defensive back in the Pac-10, is in his fourth year as USC's secondary coach. He joined the Trojan staff in February of 2002.
In 2004, USC's pass efficiency defense was ninth nationally. The Trojans won their second consecutive national championship.
In 2003, cornerback Will Poole was an All-Pac-10 first team pick and was a NFL fourth round pick, while safety Darnell Bing was a Freshman All-American first teamer. Troy won its first national championship since 1978.
Safety Troy Polamalu won his second consecutive All-American first team honor in 2002, plus he was a Thorpe Award finalist and was a NFL first round pick.
USC played in the 2003 Orange Bowl, 2004 Rose Bowl and 2005 Orange Bowl (BCS Championship Game).
Burns, 32, handled the cornerbacks at Louisville the previous 4 years (1998-2001) before coming to USC. The Cardinals were 18th nationally in pass efficiency defense and had 20 interceptions in 2001 (the team went 11-2 and beat BYU in the Liberty Bowl). In 2000, Louisville led the nation in interceptions (27) and was 20th in pass efficiency defense. In 1998, Cardinal cornerback Antonio Roundtree earned All-Conference USA first team honors. Louisville also played in the 1998 Motor City Bowl, 1999 Humanitarian Bowl and 2000 Liberty Bowl.
He was the cornerbacks coach at Idaho in 1997, as the Vandals intercepted 13 passes.
He was a 4-year letterman (1991-93, 1995) and 2-year starter as a defensive back at Washington State, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors in 1992. The 1992 Cougar squad won the Copper Bowl. He ranks ninth on WSU's career interception list with 9 (his 5 picks in 1992-including 2 against USC-is tied for ninth on the school's season chart). He won WSU's Laurie Niemi Award in 1995 (for the senior exhibiting courage, spirit and positive attitude). He missed the 1994 season with torn ligaments in his knee and his 1995 season was cut short because of a shoulder injury.
He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1995 and a master's degree in counseling psychology in 1997, both from Washington State.
He was on the football and track teams at Dorsey High in Los Angeles, Calif.
Born Nov. 9, 1972, he is single. He has a son, Cristopher, 2.
His brother, Dexter, was a defensive back at San Jose State in the mid-1990s.