|Mike Burns joins men's basketball staff|
MOSCOW, Idaho – Newly instated Vandal coach Don Verlin added a critical piece to his staff with the hiring of Mike Burns as assistant coach with the University of Idaho men’s basketball program.
“I have known Mike Burns for a long time,” Verlin said. “He worked his way up through the coaching ranks, paid his dues and will fit in extremely well in our basketball program. I have great trust in Mike and he will be responsible for implementing a large portion of our offensive schemes. Mike is a standup guy and a class act. Everyone at the
Burns has strong ties to the Northwest and most recently led Community Colleges of Spokane to a No. 1 ranking in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and a second-place finish at the NWAACC Tournament. His team finished with a 30-2 overall record and had a 24-game winning streak snapped with a one point loss in the title game against Yakima Valley CC. He was named the NWAACC East Region coach of the year.
Prior to CCS, Burns spent three seasons at the helm of the
Burns spent the 2003-04 season as an assistant at
Under Giacoletti, Burns served as the team’s recruiting coordinator, coached perimeter players and was responsible for team defense. Eastern won 58 percent of its games overall (52-37) and 68 percent in conference play (30-14) in that three-year stretch en route to garnering the school’s first-ever berth in the National Invitation Tournament in 2003 and first-ever NCAA Tournament berth the following season.
In April 2002, following his second season at the helm of the Eagles, Giacoletti promoted Burns to associate head coach.
Burns has deep roots in the state of
Burns and his wife, Mary, are the parents of one-year-old twins – a boy named Bode and a girl named Kylie.