Trinity graduate Dan Burt has been named head coach of the Duquesne women’s basketball team, the school’s athletic director, Greg Amodio announced Saturday.
Burt, 42, had been the top assistant at Duquesne for the past six years, but he reached an agreement to take over as head coach late Friday evening.
The 10th head coach in the 40-year history of the Duquesne women’s program, Burt will be formally introduced on Monday afternoon.
“Dan Burt is the perfect choice to lead our women’s basketball program. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to the university and our student-athletes,” Amodio said. “I expect the program to grow under his leadership and compete for the Atlantic 10 Conference championship annually. The addition of Dan ensures that everything is in place for the continued success of Duquesne women’s basketball.”
In six seasons, Burt helped the Dukes to 123 victories and five WNIT appearances. This past season’s team tied the program record with 24 wins and recorded an all-time-best 11 Atlantic 10 Conference victories. He helped recruit and coach nine players who earned all-conference honors a total of 15 times.
“I am very humbled and excited to be the next head coach for the Duquesne university women’s basketball team,” Burt said. “I have dreamed of this moment for the last 16 years and today that dream came true. I would like to thank President Dougherty, Greg Amodio, the Duquesne administration, my family, the players, the previous coaching staff and everybody else I have worked with for their support. I look forward to the challenge of taking this program to the next level.”
Recognized as one of the country’s top recruiters, Burt helped assemble a 2011 class that was ranked 38th in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz and 47th by Blue Star Basketball. Duquesne’s class of 2013 was named the 39th-best in the nation by Blue Star Basketball.
Prior to Duquesne, Burt served as an assistant at Bucknell, UNC Wilmington and West Virginia.
A graduate of Trinity High School, Burt played collegiately at West Liberty, where he earned a degree in physical education.
Burt and his wife Kata have two sons – Soma (8) and Milan (2).