BUFFALO, NY (MB) – UB girls’s basketball has discovered its subsequent head coach as Becky Burke takes over after Felisha Legette-Jack left for Syracuse.
Burke most lately spent two seasons as the pinnacle coach of USC Upstate and was named the 2022 Huge South Coach of the Yr.
“I want to thank Mark Alnutt, President Tripathi and the remainder of the search committee for trusting me to be the subsequent head coach right here on the College at Buffalo,” Burke stated in a press release through UB Athletics.
“From the beginning of this course of, Mark and my imaginative and prescient for the ladies’s basketball program at UB have aligned completely. This program has been constructed beneath Coach Legette-Jack’s management right into a dominant program within the MAC with nationwide respect. I’m totally dedicated to conserving it that approach and turning into the premiere mid-major vacation spot for a number of the greatest gamers within the nation. We’ll delight ourselves on persevering with to lift the bar on the court docket but in addition be nice representatives of this College and the Metropolis of Buffalo. Once more, I’m humbled and so appreciative of this chance and might’t wait to get on campus.”
Burke takes over a program Legette-Jack spent ten seasons constructing throughout her time as head coach of the Bulls earlier than returning to her alma mater in Central New York. Earlier than Legette-Jack took over, the Bulls had by no means received a MAC title and subsequently by no means made the massive dance. Now UB is coming off its fourth NCAA match look up to now six years, most lately dropping to No. 4 Tennessee a number of weeks in the past in Knoxville.
“We’re extraordinarily excited to welcome Becky Burke to our UB Household,” UB Athletic Director Mark Alnutt stated in a press release through UB Athletics.
“All through this search course of, she rapidly separated herself from the opposite candidates by displaying an infectious ardour for the game, a powerful work ethic, and a aggressive nature whereas forging real relationships together with her student-athletes as she prepares them for fulfillment each on and off the court docket. She articulated a imaginative and prescient for this program which is able to construct upon the success that we have had and proceed to make our model nationally acknowledged as a premier basketball program. Becky is a rising star in our business and a confirmed winner which may be very obvious in any respect of her earlier stops her. College at Buffalo Girls’s Basketball is in superb palms for years to come back.”
Burke is hoping to proceed this success but in addition faces a troublesome problem with quite a lot of gamers who’ve entered the switch portal together with their high participant, Dyaisha Truthful who ended final season fourth within the nation in scoring with 23.4 factors per sport. She has not introduced what program she’ll be transferring on to however MAC freshman of the 12 months, Georgia Woolley and Saniaa Wilson shall be becoming a member of Legette-Jack at Syracuse.
Nevertheless, Burke does have expertise rebuilding a program. When she took over USC Upstate in 2020, Burke led the Spartans to 5 Huge South Convention wins and whereas that does not seem to be a lot, it’s while you evaluate that to what number of that they had earlier than it. These 5 convention wins have been essentially the most in 4 seasons for the Spartans.
Final season noticed much more progress beneath Burke as she led the Spartans to being the No. 3 seed within the Huge South Match and a first-round bye. Not too shabby for a group picked tenth within the preseason ballot. USC Upstate made a 14-win enchancment from the season earlier than. She’s actually must channel a few of these expertise when attending to work with the Bulls given the entire adjustments to the roster and there is most likely nonetheless extra to come back.
Burke can be no stranger to success as a participant throughout her time at Louisville. She helped lead the Cardinals to a few NCAA match appearances throughout her 4 12 months taking part in profession together with the Nationwide Championship sport in 2009 and the Candy Sixteen in 2011.
UB will maintain Burke’s introductory press convention at Alumni Enviornment on Friday, April eighth at midday.