Mike Burns
Mike  Burns

Assistant Coach

Second Season


Road Trip Concludes at LMU

Boise State wraps up a cross-country road trip Monday, at Loyola Marymount


MBB vs. Utah State (1-17-2018)

MBB vs. Utah State (1-17-2018)


MBB Practice - Fresno State (1-8-2018)

MBB Practice - Fresno State (1-8-2018)

In just two seasons as an assistant coach with Boise State, Mike Burns has made an immediate impact on the defensive end for a Bronco team that held opponents to 42.7 percent shooting in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, tying for the fifth-lowest percentages in program history.

The focus on defense – specifically defending the three – has helped the team to back-to-back 20-win seasons and NIT appearances. Burn’s emphasis on taking away the three has been effective with the team ranking in the top two of the Mountain West in opponent 3-pointers per game in each of the last two seasons.

2017-18 saw Boise State go 23-9 and take second place in the MW with a 13-5 record – extending the program’s streak to four seasons of winning at least 11 conference games (a streak that no other conference school currently has). The Blue and Orange finished defensive possessions at an unprecedented rate, as well, ending the season as the No. 1 defensive rebounding percentage (83.7%) team in the NCAA.

Burns and the Broncos went 20-12 in 2016-17 and finished with a 12-6 mark in conference play to take third in the league and advance to the second round of the NIT. Boise State finished in the upper half of the conference in both scoring defense (5th) and rebounding margin (3rd).

Burns spent the 2015-16 season as the interim head coach at Pacific. He was also previously the head coach at Eastern Washington. During his 22 years of collegiate coaching, Burns has spent time in the Pac-12, West Coast and Big Sky Conferences.

"Mike is a tremendous addition to this program and our community," said Rice. "He brings a wealth of experience both as a head coach and an assistant coach. He has great energy and passion for the defensive side of the ball and his commitment to developing student-athletes fits with the core values of our program."

The Tigers won six league games two years ago, matching their most since joining the WCC, including a victory at BYU. The 2015-16 campaign was Burns' lone season at Pacific, after spending seven years as the top assistant at San Diego. He helped the Toreros reach the quarterfinals of the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Burns was the head coach at Eastern Washington for three seasons from 2004-07, where he coached NBA Draft first-round pick Rodney Stuckey. His 2006-07 team ranked No. 3 in the NCAA scoring 84.2 points per game. Burns was an assistant coach at EWU from 2000-03, under Ray Gioacoletti, eventually earning a promotion to associate head coach in 2002. The three-year span saw EWU earn the first NCAA Tournament and NIT berths in program history.

In his one year between stints with the Eagles, Burns joined Dick Bennett's staff at Washington State. He helped the Cougars to a six-win improvement over the previous season.

Following his head coaching tenure at EWU, Burns was the head coach at Spokane Community College for one season. He led the Sasquatch to a 30-2 record and was named NWAACC Coach of the Year. Burns returned to the Division I ranks the following season as an assistant coach at San Diego.

Burns began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, Central Washington, from 1996-99. He orchestrated the defense on a team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament in consecutive years before moving to NCAA Division II. In their first season at Division II, the Wildcats spent time ranked No. 1 in the West Region. Following the season Burns took a position at Stephen F. Austin for one year before returning to the Northwest.

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