Bob Burton (basketball)
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September 30, 1945 |
Alameda County, California
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1969–1970||Cal Poly (asst.)|
|1970–1971||Leigh HS (asst.)|
|1971–1972||Westmont HS (asst.)|
|1972–1980||Willow Glen HS|
|1980–1986||West Valley CC|
|1987–2002||West Valley CC|
|2002–2003||Fresno State (asst.)|
|2003–2012||Cal State Fullerton|
After earning his degrees, Burton spent the next three years bouncing around, as an assistant coach at Cal Poly, Leigh High School in San Jose, and Westmont High School in Campbell. In 1972, took the head coaching job at Willow Glen High School in San Jose, compiling a 143-52 record in eight seasons there.
Burton left Willow Glen in 1980 to become head coach at West Valley College in Saratoga. Burton spent the 1986-87 season as an assistant coach on a Utah team which reached the NIT, but returned to West Valley the next year.
In all, he spent 21 years as head coach of West Valley, compiling a record of 488-158. Under Burton, West Valley reached won their conference eight times and reached the state championship three times. Burton was coach of the Year for his conference nine times, and for the entire state of California four times. He had only two losing seasons.
Burton left West Valley for good in 2002, to be an assistant coach under Ray Lopes at Fresno State. He was inducted to the California Community Colleges Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004.
Cal State Fullerton
The Titans struggled throughout Burton's first year as they compiled an 11-17 record, even with Pape Sow, (who would go on to the NBA) and Bobby Brown, (who would become the Titans' all-time leading scorer and would also reach the NBA) on the squad.
In the 2004-05 season, the team showed vast improvement as Burton's squad went 21-11 and reached the third round of the NIT.
The 2005-06 season, the team finished with a disappointing 16-13 record, but they rebounded in 2006-07 for a 20-10 season, marking the first time since 1985 that the Titans had three consecutive winning seasons.
Fullerton won the Big West Conference in 2008, tying Santa Barbara and Northridge at 12-4 in the regular season, while winning the conference tournament by defeating UC Irvine in the championship game. The Titans thus earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament as a 14-seed, the programs first appearance in the tournament since 1978. They were defeated by Wisconsin in the first round, 71-56.
Burton resigned on June 22, 2012 after nine seasons. His final record at Fullerton was 155-122.
Head coaching record
|Cal State Fullerton (Big West Conference) (2003–present)|
|2003–2004||Cal State Fullerton||11-17||7-11||T-5th|
|2004–2005||Cal State Fullerton||21-11||12-6||T-3rd||NIT 2nd Round|
|2005–2006||Cal State Fullerton||16-13||5-9||6th|
|2006–2007||Cal State Fullerton||20-10||9-5||T-2nd|
|2007-2008||Cal State Fullerton||23-9||12-4||T-1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|2008-2009||Cal State Fullerton||15-17||7-9||T-7th|
|2009-2010||Cal State Fullerton||16-15||8-8||T-5th|
|2010-2011||Cal State Fullerton||11-20||7-9||T-5th|
|2011-2012||Cal State Fullerton||21-10||12-4||2nd||CIT 1st Rnd|
|Cal State Fullerton:||156-122||79-65|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- Bob Burton. fullertontitans.com
- Coach Burton resigns, accessed June 23, 2012