USC Women’s Basketball welcomes Beth Burns as assistant coach

Women’s basketball | June 17, 2022

LOS ANGELES — Highly experienced coach joins USC women’s basketball program with Beth Burns added to coaching staff, head coach announces Lindsey Gottlieb. Burns, who will serve as assistant head coach for Troy, has over 30 years working in women’s collegiate basketball as she joins USC after five seasons in Louisville.

“This is an important day for our program and, quite frankly, a huge hiring,” Gottlieb said. “Beth Burns is one of the most accomplished and respected coaches in our game. What’s more, she is a perfect fit at this time for the direction of USC basketball. We aim to win championships, and Coach B achieves championship pedigree. She will make a direct impact on the development of our players, as well as adding an element of Another dynamic to our ability to raise our competitive edge, particularly on the defensive end of the floor.”

The defensive-minded coach recently served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Cardinal, who appeared in two Final Four games and two Elite Eight games while Burns was on the team. Burns was also an assistant coach at USC for three seasons after an impressive run at the helm of San Diego State. Burns stands as the best Aztec coach in program history, amassing an aggregate record of 295-186 while leading San Diego State to eight NCAA games during two eight-year stints as the head coach there. In between, Burns served as Ohio State’s head coach from 1997-2001. Burns began her team coaching career with the Buckeyes as an alumni assistant coach in 1979 under current Stanford head coach Tara Vanderveer.

Burns’ extensive experience also includes two seasons as an assistant coach at East Carolina (1981-83), in which Lady Pirates reached the 17th national standings. She also worked as an assistant coach at Colorado (1983-88) and helped the Buffalo debut in the NCAA Championship in 1987-88 . From there, Burns worked under the esteemed Kai Yu as a NC State assistant at the 1989 Sweet Sixteen before taking her first major position at San Diego State.

As a player, Burns became Ohio Wesleyan Player of the Year and has since been inducted into the Hall of Fame. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Ohio Wesleyan University before receiving her Master’s degree in Physical Education from Ohio State in 1981.

Outside of court, Burns has been dedicated to outreach to the community as well as participating in the Kai Yu Foundation, where she served as a member of the foundation’s board of directors. In 2008, she was honored with the YWCA Recognition Award for Women and Industry (TWIN) for her outstanding achievement, leadership, and contributions to her profession. Girl Scouts San Diego has called Burns “Wonderful Woman of 2012”, and she is made an honorary membership of the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society. While in Ohio, she created the Beth Burns Bucks Breast Cancer Research Fund at Ohio State University/James Cancer Hospital and raised the annual fundraiser, OSU Bounce for Bucks, for cancer research.

“I’ve known Beth almost my entire career,” Gottlieb said. “She is highly respected by coaches at all levels on the West Coast, and the players love to play with her.” “I’ve been wanting to work with her for some time, and I’m glad our management has committed to hiring the strongest employees I can ask for. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to do special things here in Troy.”

Burns joins the USC training staff at Gottlieb, which includes assistants Wendell Farrow And the Nika Inmkbale. Gottlieb, Farrow, and Enmbali are entering their second season at USC after coming to Troy in 2021.