USC Upstate names nationally recognized Burke to coach women's basketball

Published on Monday, June 8, 2020

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Becky Burke was named to coach the USC Upstate women's basketball team.

Becky Burke was named to coach the USC Upstate women's basketball team.


Becky Burke has been named the new USC Upstate women’s basketball coach.

Burke coached at Division II University of Charleston (W.Va.) the past two years and accumulated a 48-14 record.

Burke replaces Tammy George who resigned in May after 15 years as head coach.

Burke was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 30-under-30 list in 2019.

“I felt like USC Upstate was a place where we could win before I even came on my campus visit. And after visiting, that was confirmed for me. It comes down to that simply. This is a place where we can recruit because of the campus support and resources and I think the conference is winnable,” Burke said in Upstate’s announcement.

Burke spent two seasons as head coach of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, Ariz., where she led the new Eagles program to a remarkable record of success in just two seasons of competition. Burke led ERAU to a 35-18 two-year overall record.

Burke is a former standout player at the University of Louisville (class of 2012). She scored more than 1,000 points and was the team’s leading scorer as a sophomore and senior. Louisville played in the national championship game her sophomore year and the team returned to the Sweet 16 a year later.

“From my first phone call with her I felt her tremendous energy, contagious enthusiasm, personal charisma and commitment to excellence in all facets of running a collegiate basketball program. I have no doubt she will lead our program to new heights,” Upstate Athletic Director Daniel Feig said.




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