Women's Basketball

    Beth Burns
    Beth  Burns

    Associate Head Coach

    3rd Season at USC


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    USC women's basketball is giving out pink shirts to the first 500 fans at Friday's game against Arizona.


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    Women of Troy kick off the season with an exhibition game on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Concordia.


    Women's Basketball Puts on a Clinic for the Ages

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    Women's Basketball Puts on a Clinic for the Ages

    The Women of Troy share skills with the Senior Women's Basketball Association

    Beth Burns came to Troy in 2014-15 following an impressive career at San Diego State, where she stands out as the winningest coach in program history with a 295-186 overall record at the school. While there, Burns worked with current USC assistant coach Jualeah Woods for eight of Burns' 16 years with the Aztecs. In all, Burns has 21 years of head coaching experience, earning six conference Coach of the Year awards and making eight NCAA appearances, including a 2010 trip to the Sweet Sixteen. In her final season at San Diego State, Burns directed the Aztecs to a program-record 27 wins in a season that saw her claim another Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year honor along with back-to-back MWC regular-season titles. In her 21-year body of work as a head coach, Burns has collected eight 20-win seasons and produced five All-America selections, three conference players of the year, four conference tournament MVPs and 20 all-conference first-teamers.

    In SDSU's storybook 2010 season, Burns guided the Aztecs through a comeback finish with an overtime victory that secured the MWC Tournament title. A No. 11 seed in the 2010 NCAA tourney, the Aztecs toppled two ranked opponents -- No. 10 West Virginia and No. 17 Texas to become the lowest seed since 2007 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

    In between two eight-year stints at San Diego State, Burns spent five seasons as the head coach at Ohio State, where she had begun her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach in 1979.

    When she first began at SDSU in 1989, Burns turned the Aztec program around from a 7-23 record in her first season, to a 14-14 record in her second year and then eventually to a 23-7 mark in 1997. In that stretch, she posted a 151-83 overall record. In 1993, Burns saw the Aztecs reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years. From 1989-97, Burns led SDSU to four 20-win seasons and four NCAA appearances.

    In 1997, Burns departed SDSU to take over at Ohio State. There, she helped the Buckeyes to an 82-65 overall record, winning the 2001 WNIT title and reaching the 1999 NCAA Tournament.

    Also in 1997, Burns was tabbed as a member of the USA Basketball Olympic team selection committee, where she served alongside Ceal Barry, Kay Yow and Pat Summitt from 1997-2000.

    In 2001, Burns returned to San Diego as the owner and operator of her own fitness and basketball instruction business, BBHoops, before serving as the strength and conditioning coach for the women's basketball program at Stanford in 2004-05. But coaching remained a driving force for Burns, who then stepped back to the helm of the San Diego State program in 2005. Her next eight years with the Aztecs saw Burns' head coaching record balloon to 349-244 (.589) thanks to her SDSU efforts.

    Burns' collegiate coaching career began at Ohio State as a graduate assistant from 1979-81, under current Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer. She then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at East Carolina (1981-83), helping the Lady Pirates to a No. 17 national ranking, before moving to Colorado (1983-88), where the Buffaloes made their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 1987-88.

    Prior to taking her first head coaching job, Burns was an assistant coach at North Carolina State when the Wolfpack advanced to the Sweet 16 in 1989, coaching alongside the revered NC State head coach Kay Yow.

    Her career has taken her from assistant positions at Ohio State, East Carolina, Colorado and NC State before landing at San Diego State as head coach in 1989. As a player, she attended Ohio Wesleyan, where she became the program's all-time leading rebounder and has since been inducted into the Hall of Fame. She received her bachelor's degree in health and physical education and later earned her master's in physical education from Ohio State in 1981.

    Off the court, Burns is devoted to community outreach as well as involvement in the Kay Yow Foundation, where she serves as a member of the foundation's board. In 2008, she was honored with the YWCA's Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) award for her outstanding achievements, leadership and contributions to her profession. Girl Scouts San Diego named Burns a "Cool Woman of 2012," and she received an honorary membership to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. While in Ohio, she established the Beth Burns Bucks for Breast Cancer Research fund at the OSU/James Cancer Hospital and put together an annual fundraiser, OSU Bounce for Bucks, for cancer research.

    "Beth is a legend," USC head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. "She established a winning culture at San Diego State that is in line with what we are working to do here at USC. She a defensive-minded coach who has such wisdom when it comes to college basketball. Her passion and energy also make her a great fit for us here at USC, and I'm very eager to have her on staff."