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Robert Burke became the program's 20th head coach in program history on May 6, 2010. Burke will enter his first season at the Mount for the 2010-11 season.
Burke comes to the Mount with 22 years of coaching experience, including helping 10 of his last 12 teams reach the postseason and six NCAA Tournament appearances. He has coached 39 players who earned all-conference honors. In addition, he was named one of the top-10 assistant coaches in country according to a peer survey conducted by Fox Sports in 2008.
"We are very pleased to welcome Robert Burke to Mount St. Mary's University as our new head men's basketball coach," said Mount St. Mary's Director of Athletics Lynne P. Robinson. "Robert has been a part of building and maintaining winning basketball programs throughout his coaching career. We were very impressed with him, both as a coach and as a person. We are confident that the Mount St. Mary's men's basketball program will continue to thrive under his leadership."
The Silver Spring, Md., native, served as an assistant coach at American University last season. The Eagles finished fourth in the Patriot League before losing to Lehigh in the tournament semifinals.
"I am extremely energized by the opportunity to be the head men's basketball coach at the Mount," said Burke. "I am proud to be representing such an outstanding academic and catholic institution. I have been extremely impressed by the players. I cannot wait to have the opportunity to start working with them as we look to build on the tremendous basketball tradition of Coach (Jim) Phelan and Coach (Milan) Brown."
Prior to his one-year stint at American, Burke was an assistant coach on the staff of John Thompson III for nine seasons. From 2004-09, Burke and Thompson III were together at Georgetown where the squad posted a 100-36 overall mark and 46-20 record in Big East play. After advancing to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) quarterfinals in his first season, Georgetown advanced the NCAA Division I Sweet Sixteen in 2005-06. In 2006-07, the Hoyas finished 30-4 after winning the Big East regular and tournament championship and advanced to the Final Four for the first time since the 1984-85 campaign. The following year the Hoyas won the Big East regular season title for the second-straight season.
Burke coached Jeff Green, the 2007 Big East Player of the Year and 2005 Big East Rookie of the Year while being the lead recruiter for 2009 Big East Rookie of the Year Greg Monroe in his four years at Georgetown.
Burke has coached four current NBA players, including Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder), Roy Hibbert (Indiana Pacers), Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons) and DaJuan Summers (Detroit Pistons). Green was the 2007 Big East Player of the Year and 2005 Rookie of the Year while Hibbert was a two-time First Team All-Big East selection at Georgetown. Burke was the lead recruiter for Monroe, the 2009 Big East Rookie of the Year and a lottery pick by the Pistons while Summers made the Big East All-Rookie team his freshman season.
Burke and Thompson III first enjoyed success together at Princeton from 2000-04. The Tigers went 68-42 overall and 35-11 in the Ivy League in those four years. Princeton won the Ivy League and advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2000-01 before finishing the next season as co-league champions to earn a berth in the NIT. After finishing with 16 wins for the third-straight campaign, Princeton went 20-8 overall and 13-1 in conference play to advance to the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2003-04 in the final season in Princeton before going to Georgetown.
Prior to his nine years with Thompson III, Burke spent three seasons at Siena as an assistant coach from 1997-00 for Paul Hewitt. The Saints were 66-27 overall and 38-26 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), and ranked nationally in the top five in scoring in his tenure. In his second season, Siena won the MAAC regular season and tournament titles to advance to the NCAA Division I Tournament first round for the first time since the 1988-89 season. Siena then repeated as the MAAC regular season champions and participated in the NIT in 1999-00.
Burke spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount from 1994-97 under the tutelage of John Olive, helping lead the team to an 18-11 record in 1995-96. That squad finished in second place in the West Coast Conference and had wins over USC and UNLV during the season. It is the best season for Loyola Marymount over the past 20 years.
Burke started his coaching career assisting Earl Hawkins at UMBC from 1988-94 where he recruited and coached Dana Harris, who ranks second in program history in career assists, and recruited four players and coached seven of the Retrievers Top-25 scorers in team history. Burke played at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. After high school, he was an MVP and team captain at Haverford College.