|Title||Associate head coach|
October 7, 1957 |
Chatham, New Jersey
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1979–1981||Ohio State (grad. asst.)|
|1981–1983||East Carolina (asst.)|
|1988–1989||NC State (asst.)|
|1989–1997||San Diego State|
|2005–2013||San Diego State|
|2014–present||USC (assoc. HC)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Mary Elizabeth Burns (born October 7, 1957) is an American basketball coach who is currently women's basketball associate head coach at USC. Previously, Burns was the head coach at San Diego State for 1989 to 1997 and from 2005 to 2013 and at Ohio State from 1997 to 2002. With a 295-186 record at San Diego State, Burns has the most career wins in school history. She guided San Diego State to seven NCAA Tournament appearances and earned five Coach of the Year awards combined from the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference.
Burns played college basketball at Ohio Wesleyan from 1975 to 1979. From 1979 to 1981, while completing her master's degree in physical education, Burns served as a graduate assistant at Ohio State. Burns then was an assistant coach at East Carolina from 1981 to 1983, Colorado from 1983 to 1988, and NC State from 1988 to 1989.
Burns's first tenure as women's basketball head coach at San Diego State was from 1989 to 1997. During these eight seasons, San Diego State appeared in the 1994, 1995, and 1997 NCAA Tournaments, and Burns won Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in those years as well.
From 1997 to 2002, she served as the head women's basketball coach at Ohio State. Her teams went 81-65 during her tenure, and Ohio State won the 2001 Women's National Invitation Tournament. After going 14–15 in the 2001–02 season, Burns was fired.
Burns founded BBHoops, a fitness and basketball instruction business in San Diego, after leaving Ohio State. In 2004, Burns joined Tara VanDerveer's staff at Stanford as strength and conditioning coach. After one year in that position, Burns began her second tenure as head coach at San Diego State.
In the 2009 NCAA Women's Tournament, San Diego State was a 10 seed and advanced to the second round. During the 2009-10 season Burns led San Diego State to a 22-10 overall records and a 10-6 record in the Mountain West Conference (MWC), as well as the MWC Tournament Title. That season the team was an 11 seed in the NCAA Women's Tournament with an opening round match-up versus the sixth-seeded Texas Lady Longhorns, with San Diego State winning 74-63.
Eight months after signing a five-year contract, Burns resigned on April 16, 2013.
Lawsuit against San Diego State
On February 19, 2014, Burns filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against San Diego State University, alleging: "SDSU fired her in retaliation for her unwavering demands that SDSU put women’s basketball and men’s athletics on an equal footing." Burns also filed a similar claim against the California State University system in October 2013. Trial began in May 2016. In September, 2016, Burns won the lawsuit, with an award of 3.35 million.
These former players or assistant coaches under Burns later became head coaches:
- Yvette Angel: Sweet Home HS (2013–present)
- Charity Elliott: South Adelaide Basketball Club (1999–2000); California Baptist (2001–2003); Portland State (2004–2007); UC San Diego (2007–2012); Loyola Marymount (2012–present)
- Susie Gardner: Austin Peay (1996–2003); Arkansas (2003–2007); Mercer (2010–present)
- Susan Kubala: Del Norte HS (1995–2004); Sandia HS (2004–2014); V. Sue Cleveland HS (2014–present)
- Pam Tanner: Denver (1995–2008)
- Mark Trakh: New Mexico State (2011–present)
- Heidi VanDerveer: Occidental (2008–2012); UC San Diego (2012–present)
Head coaching record
|San Diego State Aztecs (Big West Conference) (1989–1990)|
|1989–90||San Diego State||7–23||6–12||8th|
|San Diego State Aztecs (Western Athletic Conference) (1990–1997)|
|1990–91||San Diego State||14–14||6–6||4th|
|1991–92||San Diego State||18–11||9–5||4th|
|1992–93||San Diego State||19–9||9–5||T–2nd||NCAA First Round|
|1993–94||San Diego State||26–5||13–1||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1994–95||San Diego State||24–6||14–0||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1995–96||San Diego State||20–8||9–5||3rd|
|1996–97||San Diego State||23–7||15–1||1st||NCAA First Round|
|San Diego State (first):||151–83||81–35|
|Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten Conference) (1997–2002)|
|1998–99||Ohio State||17–12||9–7||4th||NCAA First Round|
|2000–01||Ohio State||22–11||6–12||T–8th||WNIT Champion|
|San Diego State Aztecs (Mountain West Conference) (2005–2013)|
|2005–06||San Diego State||3–24||0–16||9th|
|2006–07||San Diego State||12–16||5–11||7th|
|2007–08||San Diego State||18–13||7–9||T–5th|
|2008–09||San Diego State||24–8||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2009–10||San Diego State||23–11||10–6||T–3rd||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2010–11||San Diego State||12–17||6–10||6th|
|2011–12||San Diego State||25–7||12–2||1st||NCAA First Round|
|2012–13||San Diego State||27–7||15–1||1st||WNIT Second Round|
|San Diego State (second):||144–103||68–58|
|San Diego State (total):||295–186|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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